AUSTIN (KXAN) — With 10 of 11 offensive starters returning and a much-improved defense, the Texas Longhorns landed at No. 12 in the preseason edition of the USA Today Coaches Poll released Monday.

The Longhorns earned 848 points in the poll, placing them between No. 11 Washington, who beat the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl last season, and No. 12 Notre Dame. The Associated Press preseason top 25 poll will come out Aug. 14.

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Three of the top five teams are from the Southeastern Conference where the Longhorns will begin play next season. The two-time defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs received 61 of 66 first-place votes to sit atop the rankings, followed by Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State and Louisiana State.

Southern California, Penn State, Florida State, Clemson and Tennessee round out the top 10. Picked by media members to win the Big 12 this season, the Longhorns are the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the poll. TCU and Kansas State came in at Nos. 16 and 17 while Oklahoma is at No. 19. Texas Tech rounds out the Big 12 teams in the poll at No. 24. Texas A&M starts the season at No. 25.

USA Today Coaches Poll (first-place votes)

  1. Georgia (61)
  2. Michigan
  3. Alabama (4)
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. LSU
  6. USC
  7. Penn State
  8. Florida State
  9. Clemson
  10. Tennessee
  11. Washington
  12. Texas
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Utah
  15. Oregon
  16. TCU
  17. Kansas State
  18. Oregon State
  19. Oklahoma
  20. North Carolina
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Mississippi
  23. Tulane
  24. Texas Tech
  25. Texas A&M