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Tracking the AP poll: How much did Notre Dame’s fall hurt the Horns?

Posted September 27th, 2016

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A one-spot drop in the Associated Press Top 25 poll seemed pretty fair for Texas during a bye week with few big upsets.

How it happened is a bit surprising, however. The Longhorns actually had more poll points this week than they did the previous one, with 217 votes placing them at No. 22.

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Following Week 3, Texas garnered 196 points from the voters and landed at No. 21. Unfortunately, a lot more voters (27) left Texas off their ballots completely following the bye week, according to collegepolltracker.com.

Why is that? Look no further than South Bend, Indiana, where Notre Dame suffered an embarrassing loss to Duke and fell to 1-3. The Longhorns’ marquee win is looking worse by the week.

Texas does still have plenty of believers, it appears.

Take Matt Porter from the Palm Beach Post, who moved the Longhorns up five spots to No. 14.  Or Steve Batterson from the Quad City Times, who moved them up three spots to No. 16.  Jonny Miller from WBZ NewsRadio 1030 in Boston also showed Texas some love, moving the Longhorns all the way to No. 20 after leaving them off the week before.

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For others, the way Notre Dame’s defense got shredded by Michigan State and Duke in back-to-back weeks was hard to overlook. The Athens Banner-Herald’s Marc Weiszer — who had Texas the highest of all voters in Week 4 — dropped the Longhorns six spots to No. 22 even though they didn’t play a down.

Luckily, Texas will have a chance to prove some things on the field this weekend at Oklahoma State.

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