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Bears move up in AP, Coaches polls

The Bears have moved up in the AP and Coaches polls following a double-overtime win against Texas Tech.
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Baylor running back JaMycal Hasty (6) scores a touchdown past Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks (1) Texas Tech defensive back Douglas Coleman III (3) in the second overtime of a NCAA college football game in Waco, Tex.,Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Baylor won 33-30. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

WACO, Texas — After a double-overtime win in the first game as a ranked team under coach Matt Rhule, the Baylor Bears have moved higher in both national polls.

When the Associated Press released its rankings for Week 8 of the college football season, the Bears had moved up from No. 22 to No. 18. The Bears are tied with Cincinnati for the biggest riser from Week 7 in this week's AP Top 25.

Also in the AP Top 25, Texas dropped from No. 11 to No. 15 following its Red River Showdown loss to No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners are up to No. 5.

No other Big 12 teams are ranked, however, Iowa State did receive votes after back-to-back wins over TCU (49-24 on Oct. 5th) and West Virginia, which the Cyclones beat on the road Saturday, 38-14.

Texas A&M drops from the Top 25, but still received votes, following the Aggies' 47-28 loss to No. 1 Alabama at Kyle Field on Saturday.

Week 8 AP Top 25:

  1. Alabama (6-0, 30 first-place votes)
  2. LSU (6-0, 12 first-place votes)
  3. Clemson (6-0, 11 first-place votes)
  4. Ohio State (6-0, 9 first-place votes)
  5. Oklahoma (6-0)
  6. Wisconsin (6-0)
  7. Penn State (6-0)
  8. Notre Dame (5-1)
  9. Florida (6-1)
  10. Georgia (5-1)
  11. Auburn (5-1)
  12. Oregon (5-1)
  13. Utah (5-1)
  14. Boise State (6-0)
  15. Texas (4-2)
  16. Michigan (5-1)
  17. Arizona State (5-1)
  18. Baylor (6-0)
  19. SMU (6-0)
  20. Minnesota (6-0)
  21. Cincinnati (5-1)
  22. Missouri (5-1)
  23. Iowa (4-2)
  24. Appalachian State (5-0)
  25. Washington (5-2)

In the latest Coaches Poll, also released Sunday, it's more-or-less the same. Baylor climbed five spots from No. 23 to No. 18, tied with Minnesota for second-biggest riser from Week 7 to Week 8. Only Arizona State (No. 24 to No. 17) rose more spots from Week 7 to Week 8.

Texas dropped an identical four spots with Texas A&M, again, dropping from the Top 25, but still receiving votes.

Week 8 Coaches Poll:

  1. Alabama (6-0, 44 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson (6-0, 14 first-place votes)
  3. LSU (6-0, 3 first-place votes)
  4. Ohio State (6-0, 4 first-place votes)
  5. Oklahoma (6-0)
  6. Wisconsin (6-0)
  7. Penn State (6-0)
  8. Notre Dame (5-1)
  9. Florida (6-1)
  10. Georgia (5-1)
  11. Auburn (5-1)
  12. Oregon (5-1)
  13. Boise State (6-0)
  14. Utah (5-1)
  15. Texas (4-2)
  16. Michigan (5-1)
  17. Arizona State (5-1)
  18. Baylor (6-0)
  19. SMU (6-0)
  20. Minnesota (6-0)
  21. Iowa (4-2)
  22. Washington (5-2)
  23. Appalachian State (5-0)
  24. Temple (5-1)

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