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Baylor Rises to #5 in Coaches, Harris Polls, #6 in AP before BCS Debut

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The 2013 Baylor Bears continue to chart new territory for the program with the highest ranking of any Baylor team in the last 20 years.

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First, the AP Poll.  A reminder: this poll is not considered in any way by the BCS rankings, which will debut tonight.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 7-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (3) 7-0 1,427 2
3 Florida State (2) 6-0 1,395 5
4 Ohio State 7-0 1,309 4
5 Missouri 7-0 1,197 14
6 Baylor 6-0 1,189 12
7 Miami (FL) 6-0 1,130 10
8 Stanford 6-1 1,118 13
9 Clemson 6-1 927 3
10 Texas Tech 7-0 904 16
11 Auburn 6-1 867 24
12 UCLA 5-1 832 9
13 LSU 6-2 739 6
14 Texas A&M 5-2 683 7
15 Fresno State 6-0 550 17
16 Virginia Tech 6-1 509 19
17 Oklahoma 6-1 501 18
18 Louisville 6-1 428 8
19 Oklahoma State 5-1 382 21
20 South Carolina 5-2 381 11
21 UCF 5-1 345 NR
22 Wisconsin 5-2 258 25
23 Northern Illinois 7-0 220 23
24 Michigan 6-1 169 NR
25 Nebraska 5-1 117 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 108, Notre Dame 82, Oregon State 79, Michigan State 73, Georgia 30, Mississippi 27, Florida 17, Washington 4, Utah 4, Texas 2, Ball State 1, Brigham Young 1

The Coaches Poll: This one is considered along with the Harris Poll, which we don't have yet.  Each poll constitutes 1/3 of the BCS ranking, with the remaining third being decided by the computers.  I'll update the thread once I get the HTML for this.  For now, what we have is somewhat primitive.

Rank Team Previous
1 Alabama (57) 1
2 Oregon (4) 2
3 Florida State (1) 5
4 Ohio State 3
5 Baylor 12
6 Miami 11
7 Missouri 14
8 Stanford 13
9 Texas Tech 15
10 Clemson 4
11 UCLA 10
12 Oklahoma 18
13 Oklahoma State 17
13 LSU 8
15 Texas A&M 7
16 Louisville 6
17 Auburn NR
18 Fresno State 19
19 Virginia Tech 20
20 South Carolina 9
21 Nebraska 21
22 Northern Illinois 23
23 Michigan 24
24 Wisconsin 25
25 UCF NR

I tried finding every BCS Projection I could for the Morning After post today.  I'll repost them here.

SB Nation -- Has Baylor at #7 behind Alabama, Oregon, FSU, Ohio State, Missouri, and Stanford. 
BCSGuru -- Baylor at #6 behind all of the above except Stanford.
Brad Edwards (ESPN) -- The same.

The official BCS show starts tonight at 7:30 on ESPN.

UPDATE: The Harris Poll, the second of the two polls feeding the BCS rankings, is out.  Baylor sits at #5, essentially ensuring a #6 ranking in the BCS, at worst.  If the computers like our defensive improvement ... who knows.

See you guys at 7:30!