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November 17, 2009

Power rankings: Texas trio reaches the top

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
Coaches Power Rankings: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is heating up as the weather gets colder.

McCoy threw two touchdown passes and helped Texas take a 40-0 halftime lead Saturday on its way to a 47-14 victory over Baylor. McCoy's performance makes him the new No. 1 quarterback in the Rivals.com College Football Power Rankings, which rate the nation's top performers at each position.

"I felt like it was awesome in the first half," McCoy said. "I felt like we really came out and executed, and our defense came out and put us in a lot of really good situations. We had short fields, and we were able to really capitalize. We really just knocked them out in the first half."

McCoy moved ahead of Houston's Case Keenum, who went 33-of-56 for 377 yards with three touchdowns and an interception Saturday in a 37-32 loss to UCF. McCoy had thrown for 470 yards in a 35-3 win over UCF a week earlier.

The Texas flavor continues elsewhere in the power rankings.

Texas' Jordan Shipley already had moved to the top of the wide receiver rankings last week and remained in the No. 1 spot after catching two touchdown passes against Baylor. The Longhorns' big first half also allowed Texas' Greg Davis to take over for Houston's Dana Holgorsen as the No. 1 offensive coordinator.

Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Pittsburgh tight end Dorin Dickerson, Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, Tennessee strong safety Eric Berry, Florida coach Urban Meyer and Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong remained atop their respective positions.

The power rankings are released each Tuesday during the regular season. The ranking of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how he fared the previous week. The power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results. Our coordinator rankings exclude coordinators who don't call their own plays or signals.

One change in the power rankings this week is that we are now including Ole Miss' Dexter McCluster in the running back category after labeling him a receiver throughout the season. The versatile McCluster rushed for 282 yards Saturday in a 42-17 victory over Tennessee. He has 69 runs from scrimmage and only 15 catches over the Rebels' last four games.

Rivals.com Power Rankings by Position: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL | DL | LB | DB | ST
Coaches Power Rankings: Head Coach | Off. Coordinator | Def. Coordinator

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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