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Wednesday, October 28, 2020


No move for the Cougars in week four poll


Head coach Tom Herman will be searching for the 17th win of his young career on Thursday. | Reagan Earnst/The Cougar

Head coach Tom Herman and the Cougars have found themselves in the AP Top 25 for eight consecutive weeks. | Reagan Earnst/The Cougars

After a 40-16 victory over the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday night, the football team remains status quo at No. 6 in the AP Top 25.

Beginning the season as the No. 15 team in the nation, the Cougars’ net ranking change holds steady at nine. With four of the top five teams in the NCAA all finding the win column in week three of the season, the Cougars were not expected to move up in the poll.

Now 3-0 on the season, the team tentatively won’t face another ranked opponent until their Nov. 17 meeting with the current No. 3 ranked University of Louisville Cardinals.

The Cardinals jumped the Cougars in this week’s rankings with a 63-20 trouncing of the then–No. 2 Florida State University Seminoles. The loss pushed the Seminoles out of the Top 10 and into the No. 13 spot.

Although staying at No. 6 rankings, football is not far off of the top five trailing the Clemson University Tigers by just 13 points for the fifth position. Ahead of the Tigers is the University of Michigan at four, Louisville at three, The Ohio State University at two and the University of Alabama in the top position for the fifth consecutive week.

In addition to UH, three other Texas schools made it into week four of the AP rankings with Texas A&M University moving up seven spots to No. 10, Baylor University climbing five spots to No. 16 and the University of Texas falling 11 spots to No. 21.

Looking ahead, the Cougars will travel to San Marcos for a game with the unranked Texas State University Bobcats on Saturday. Upon returning from San Marcos, the Cougars must turn around for a Thursday night match-up with the University of Connecticut Huskies on Sept. 29 at TDECU Stadium.

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