Baylor and Texas Tech marched into the Top 10 of the weekly college football polls Sunday, with the Bears setting historic precedents in the process.
Baylor (6-0) climbed to No. 5 in the coaches poll, the Bears’ loftiest perch in any weekly ranking since the team reached No. 3 in The Associated Press’ poll during the 1953 season.
The Bears checked in at No. 6 in Sunday’s updated AP poll, matching the school’s highest rank with AP voters since taking a No. 6 ranking into a Cotton Bowl matchup against Alabama to cap the 1980 season.
For Texas Tech (7-0), which climbed to No. 9 in the coaches poll and No. 10 with AP voters, Sunday’s rankings were the highest for the Red Raiders since the polls released on Dec. 7, 2008. Tech finished with an 11-1 record during the 2008 regular season before falling to Ole Miss, 47-34, in the Cotton Bowl to finish No. 12 in both postseason polls.
The dual emergence of Baylor and Tech marked the first appearance by any Big 12 team(s) in the Top 10 of either poll this season. Heading into Saturday’s games, Baylor was No. 12 in the AP poll before knocking off Iowa State, 71-7. Tech was No. 16 in the AP poll before rallying in the fourth quarter for a 37-27 victory at West Virginia.
Texas A&M (5-2) fell to No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the coaches poll after a 45-41 loss to Auburn.
_ Jimmy Burch