Not since they blew the national championship in the 1984 Cotton Bowl have the Texas Longhorns had another chance at the title. But the Longhorns have positioned themselves again for a title shot by jumping from fifth to third in The Associated Press college football poll.

Texas' only loss was 29-20 to now-No. 1 Colorado in September.Texas, which nipped Texas A&M 28-27 on Saturday, jumped over Miami and Brigham Young in the final regular-season poll. Miami edged San Diego State 30-28, while BYU was demolished by Hawaii 59-28.

The Hurricanes (9-2) fell from third to fourth, the second straight week they've dropped a notch in the poll following a victory. BYU (10-2) plunged from fourth to 13th.

Colorado, which completed its regular season two weeks ago, remained No. 1 for the third straight week. The Buffaloes (10-1-1) received 42 first-place votes and 1,476 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Georgia Tech stayed second after beating Georgia 40-23, but closed the gap on Colorado. The Yellow Jackets (10-0-1), the only major team without a loss, got 16 first-place votes and 1,397 points. They trailed Colorado by 130 points last week; now they are only 79 points behind.

Texas (10-1) got the other two first-place votes and 1,338 points, 35 more than Miami. Notre Dame (9-2), which was idle, moved from seventh to fifth with 1,252 points.

Rounding out the Top 10 are Florida State (9-2), Penn State (9-2), Washington (9-2), Houston (10-1) and Tennessee (8-2-2).

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The Top Twenty Five teams

The Top Twenty Five teams in the Associated Press 1990 final regular season college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 1, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and last week's rankings:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Colorado 10-1-1 1,476 1

2. Georgia Tech 10-0-1 1,397 2

3. Texas 10-1-0 1,338 5

4. Miami, Fla. 9-2-0 1,303 3

5. Notre Dame 9-2-0 1,252 7

6. Florida St. 9-2-0 1,196 8

7. Penn St. 9-2-0 1,125 10

8. Washington 9-2-0 1,117 9

9. Houston 10-1-0 945 11

10. Tennessee 8-2-2 944 12

11. Florida 9-2-0 905 6

12. Michigan 8-3-0 833 13

13. Brigham Young 10-2-0 786 4

14. Clemson 9-2-0 737 14

15. Mississippi 9-2-0 535 15

16. Illinois 8-3-0 500 16

17. Iowa 8-3-0 461 18

18. Louisville 9-1-1 450 17

19. Nebraska 9-2-0 406 19

20. Oklahoma 8-3-0 360 22

21. Southern Cal 8-3-1 352 21

22. Michigan St. 7-3-1 260 23

23. Southern Miss. 8-3-0 226 24

24. Ohio St. 7-3-1 197 25

25. Alabama 7-4-0 115 -

Other receiving votes: Texas A&M 94, Virginia 61, Auburn 47, Oregon 24, San Jose St. 23, California 8, Arizona 7, Colorado St. 6, Virginia Tech 3, Central Michigan 2, Hawaii 2, Louisiana Tech 2, North Carolina 2, Wyoming 2, Temple 1.