The AP's Top 25 preseason college football poll is out, and ... Charlie Strong must be relieved. Texas is, finally, not in a preseason Top 25. But the Horns are close. Too close but at least they are not ranked according to the AP.
Big 12 teams are in bold. Texas teams are bold and italics.
1. Florida State
5. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina
17. Notre Dame
18. Ole Miss
19. Arizona State
20. Kansas State
21. Texas A&M
23. North Carolina
Others receiving votes: UCF 94, Florida 87, Texas 86, Duke 71, Iowa 68, Louisville 48, Marshall 41, Oklahoma St. 37, Virginia Tech 26, TCU 23, Mississippi St. 22, Michigan 19, Texas Tech 19, Miami 16, Cincinnati 15, Boise St. 10, Oregon St. 10, BYU 8, Northwestern 8, Penn St. 5, Navy 2, Vanderbilt 2, Louisiana 1, Nevada 1, Utah St. 1.
The worst development that could have happened for Strong was that Texas somehow was put among the Top 25. The Horns should not be ranked, but the power of the Texas name and the Bevo brand is powerful and often puts this team where it does not deserve.
Expectations for Strong's team should be modest this season, and a preseason Top 25 ranking would have sent the wrong message that this team is ready when it is not.
The next time Texas should be ranked is when/if the 'Horns are 3-0; that would mean they defeated both North Texas, BYU and UCLA. That is a 3-0 that would merit a Top 25 ranking.
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