POLL: Texas Longhorns ranked in AP preseason poll for 5th straight season

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is three weeks away from the first game of the season, and the Longhorns will take the field ranked No. 21 in the nation, according to the first preseason poll from the Associated Press.

Texas is two spots lower than its USA Today preseason coaches poll ranking of No. 19, which came out last week.

Steve Sarkisian’s first game at the helm of the Longhorns is a marquee matchup.

Texas will face a ranked opponent in No. 23 Louisiana, which adds to the already high interest in the season opener.

The usual suspects made the top five — No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Georgia — with Texas A&M lurking at No. 6.

The Big 12 has another team ranked in the AP top 10 — Iowa State claimed the No. 7 spot.

Oklahoma, Iowa State, and Texas are the only teams from the Big 12 conference represented in the AP top 25.

Oklahoma State, TCU and West Virginia received votes, but did not crack the rankings.

Even though Texas finished with a 7-3 record last year, the Longhorns lost three games by a combined 13 points last year. That fact, along with a roster that has plenty of talent, is most likely why the prognosticators have Texas ranked No. 21 at the beginning of the 2021 season.

Texas has been ranked in the preseason plenty of times, but 2009 was the last time the program finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll.

AP preseason poll — Top 25

1. Alabama (47)0-015481
2. Oklahoma (6)0-014626
3. Clemson (6)0-014473
4. Ohio St. (1)0-013932
5. Georgia (3)0-013647
6. Texas A&M0-012234
7. Iowa St.0-011609
8. Cincinnati0-010148
9. Notre Dame0-010095
10. North Carolina0-099918
11. Oregon0-0968
12. Wisconsin0-0743
13. Florida0-072813
14. Miami0-066322
15. Southern Cal0-066021
16. LSU0-0631
17. Indiana0-054912
18. Iowa0-051316
19. Penn St.0-0456
20. Washington0-0449
21. Texas0-035019
22. Coastal Carolina0-023214
23. Louisiana-Lafayette0-020815
24. Utah0-0176
25. Arizona St.0-0125

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma St. 107, Mississippi 106, TCU 40, Liberty 36, Auburn 32, NC State 14, Michigan 12, Northwestern 8, Nevada 7, Boise St. 7, Ball St. 6, BYU 6, UCF 5, Houston 5, Boston College 5, West Virginia 3, UCLA 2, Army 2, UAB 2.

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