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Longhorns pass Trojans -- for now

Texas replacing USC at the top of the BCS Standings sounds like big news, but it really isn't. As far as the national title race is concerned, nothing has changed. The same two teams remain at the top of the standings.

What is more important is the huge gap between No. 2 and No. 3 in the standings. Those are the positions that really matter. Who cares whether Texas or USC is ranked No. 1? If they both run the table, the Horns and Trojans will meet in the Rose Bowl and decide it on the field.

As for the other unbeatens in the BCS Standings, No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 UCLA, the news was bad. Texas is not as vulnerable as many thought it might be. The numbers show Texas and USC solidly ahead of the rest of the field.

However, don't expect the current order at the top to last very long. Texas is as high as it will be in the computer rankings. Coming off a win over previously unbeaten Texas Tech, the Horns' computer ranking is 1.000 percent (the highest and lowest computer rankings are thrown out). The Trojans' strength of schedule last week was hurt in their romp over 1-6 Washington. A slight bump in the human polls also helped the Longhorns.

That will change. USC still has games with Cal, Fresno State and UCLA which will help its strength of schedule, while Baylor and Texas A&M are the only teams left on Texas' schedule with a winning record.

The Trojans will leap back over the Horns at some point, unless Texas makes up some more ground in the Harris and USA Today polls.

Besides giving everyone something to talk about, today's surprise in the BCS Standings didn't really mean much.

Brad Edwards is a college football researcher at ESPN. His Road to the BCS appears weekly during the season.