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Bohls: Texas drops out of rankings on my Top 25 ballot as A&M soars after beating Alabama

DALLAS — Oh, well.

Easy come, easy go, and there went Texas tumbling from my Associated Press Top 25 ballot. Some may leave the Longhorns in the rankings for coming so close to knocking off Oklahoma.

One can definitely make a case for leaving the Longhorns (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) in since they came so close to ending OU's domination in this series with a win streak that has now reached four. But two losses in which they looked abysmal against a now-sliding Arkansas and basically played one strong half in an unimaginably painful loss to Oklahoma disqualify them for now.

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Somehow, someway, Steve Sarkisian had to find a way to stop the bleeding and just didn’t do it.

Maybe Texas will beat Oklahoma State this week, run the table and meet up with the Sooners again in Arlington in two months for the Big 12 championship. It's possible because the Longhorns have a lot of firepower and talent.

Texas running back Bijan Robinson falls under a pile of players during Saturday's 55-48 loss to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It was Texas' first Big 12 loss after wins over Texas Tech and TCU.

But that has a chance to happen only if Sarkisian can somehow fix a broken offensive line and an overrated defensive front, come up with better pass protection for the remarkable Casey Thompson, rely more on Bijan Robinson and remember how to close games, a glaring shortcoming under the previous coaching regime.

And as heartbreaking as Texas’ 55-48 defeat was to the locals, Texas A&M posted an equally thrilling upset of No. 1 Alabama to snap the Crimson Tide’s 19-game winning streak and change the impressions of the Aggies overnight.

One week. That’s how fast the trajectories of the Texas and A&M programs have changed.

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Jimbo Fisher made good on his summertime promise to beat Nick Saban, as he became the first Saban disciple to knock off the mentor in 25 tries and beat a No. 1 team for the first time in seven tries in his career. He might also have found his quarterback of the future in gutsy gamer Zach Calzada, who had a spectacular game against the Tide with 285 yards passing and three scores.

The Aggies’ stunner ended a string of 100 consecutive Alabama victories over unranked teams dating to a loss to Louisiana-Monroe back in 2007.

I stuck A&M way up in my No. 12 spot because a team should be rewarded handsomely for shocking the nation's premier team and rescuing a season that had been tainted by losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State and was on the verge of failure. A&M finally resembled the team everyone expected in August.

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Iowa, which has had 10 interceptions in its last two games, came back to nip Penn State in another great college atmosphere, and Hawkeyes fans stormed the field much as the folks did in Aggieland.

BYU falls from my top 10 to No. 17 after dropping a game to erratic Boise State.

Kentucky continues its climb by whipping LSU, and Wake Forest remains impressive, surviving a scare from Syracuse.

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Poll newcomers include still-unbeaten SMU and Baylor, which has taken down Iowa State and West Virginia as the fastest-climbing Big 12 team.

Bohls' Top 25 ballot

1. Georgia

2. Iowa

3. Cincinnati

4. Alabama

5. Oklahoma

6. Ohio State

7. Michigan

8. Penn State

9. Coastal Carolina

10. Oregon

11. Oklahoma State

12. Texas A&M

13. Michigan State

14. Kentucky

15. Notre Dame

16. Florida

17. BYU

18. Arizona State

19. Wake Forest

20. Ole Miss

21. SMU

22. Baylor

23. Arkansas

24. UTSA

25. San Diego State