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Longhorns Ranked #15 in the first AP Poll

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Same spot as the Coaches Poll. And other than a shake-up at the top, with top-ranked USC swapping spots with third-ranked LSU, most of the top 15 is the same.

A few thoughts after the jump...

The writers aren't as impressed with TCU as the coaches, nor should you be.

I like Michigan State as a sleeper to win the Big 10.

South Carolina will be fun to watch. The D line would make death row inmates nervous and Spurrier finally has sober, competent play at QB in Davey O'Brien candidate Connor Shaw.

The Big 12 had six out of the top 13 offenses in the country last year. Don't expect a repeat of that ridiculous stat.

Texas will complete a forward pass. Many of them. Even a few for touchdowns. The Horns will finish in the top 10 for the first time since 2009.

Mark Nov. 3 on your calendar for Oregon at USC and Bama at LSU. Whoaaaa, Nellie!

OU ranked fourth is starting to look comical. Is Mike Stoops bringing any linemen with him? Who will be the next player to get dismissed for violating team rules only to conveniently get reinstated the first week in October? We need to find out who gave the Sooners that lone first place vote and mock him relentlessly.

If Collin Klein makes it through another season without injury, he needs to be sent to be preserved in a lab for further study.

Will Muschamp and the Gators need to have a good year. Or at least beat a surging Florida State.

1. USC
2. Alabama
3. LSU
4. Oklahoma
5. Oregon
6. Georgia
7. Florida State
8. Michigan
9. South Carolina
10. Arkansas
11. West Virginia
12. Wisconsin
13. Michigan State
14. Clemson
15. Texas
16. Virginia Tech
17. Nebraska
18. Ohio State
19. Oklahoma State
20. TCU
21. Stanford
22. Kansas State
23. Florida
24. Boise State
25. Louisville