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Monday, October 12, 2009
A quick word about the latest rankings

AUSTIN, Texas -- If you're a Texas or TCU fan, it's important to remember that the drop in the AP poll -- Texas slipped one spot to No. 3; TCU dropped two to No. 12 -- doesn't mean anything in the BCS formula. The coaches poll actually has more weight when it comes to those rankings, which are due out for the first time following next weekend's games.

Texas remained No. 2 in that poll, and TCU actually moved up a spot to No. 8.

If the Longhorns beat Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, they could win back a few AP voters anyway. And with Florida and Alabama -- Nos. 1 and 2 -- possibly facing each other for the SEC title, Texas can still get into the national championship game if they keep winning.

For TCU, the formula for getting into a BCS bowl this season is going undefeated and passing Boise State. That should happen based on TCU's remaining strength of schedule. They play at BYU in a couple of weeks and then face Utah at home in November. Those are both top-25 teams right now. Boise State doesn't face any opponents of that caliber for the remainder of the season.