Texas is coached during a time out against UTEP during the first quarter of their game at Royal Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 10, 2016. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

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Tracking the polls: Texas inching closer to top 10

Posted September 13th, 2016

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In many respects, the Associated Press Top 25 is about trends.

Even though Texas remained steady at No. 11 in Week 3, a glance at the votes shows the Longhorns trending toward the top 10. According to ballots listed on collegepolltracker.com, only one voter moved Texas down from where he had it a week ago.

Even that change was minimal, as Matt McCoy from 610 WTVN in Columbus, Ohio, bumped the Longhorns from 10 to 11. Most voters either kept Texas at the same spot or moved them up slightly, like Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls.

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Those slight bumps — along with a few big ones — accounted for more than 100 extra points in the poll. Last week, Texas surged into the top 25 with 743 points. This week it had 872, which was only 18 points away from No. 10 Louisville.

Again, the highest vote for Texas came from San Jose Mercury News writer Jon Wilner, who kept the Longhorns at No. 2. Wilner will likely be at the game between Texas and California this weekend, as he covers the Golden Bears. The lowest was from Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, who has Texas at No. 21 — up from No. 25 last week.

RELATED COVERAGE: Texas appeared on every AP ballot, as high as No. 2

So which voters gave Texas a big push after it beat UTEP 41-7?

Opelika-Auburn News writer Dana Sulonen‘s ballot saw the largest change, as she moved Texas from No. 22 a week ago to No. 10 this week. Salt Lake City radio host Tony Parks bumped the Longhorns up 10 spots to No. 8, and Graham Watson from Yahoo Sports’ Dr. Saturday moved Texas from No. 23 to No. 12.

Whether these voters were super impressed with the way Charlie Strong’s team handled the Miners, just wanted a second look at Texas before bumping them up or were simply swayed by the votes cast the week before is hard to say.

Either way, their votes have Texas trending in the right direction. That should continue as long as it keeps winning.

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