Texas receives No. 1 vote in preseason coaches as Longhorns enter second season under Steve Sarkisian – Fox News

Texas receives No. 1 vote in preseason coaches as Longhorns enter second season under Steve Sarkisian - Fox News

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The preseason coaches poll, which appears every August, is the first opportunity for college football fans to sink their teeth into the new season.

In Monday’s USA Today Coaches poll, the usual suspects were in the top five, with Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson and Notre Dame holding down the top five spots, with all but Clemson and Notre Dame receiving first-place votes.

University of Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian talks with defensive back DShawn Jamison during the spring game on April 23, 2022, at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

University of Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian talks with defensive back DShawn Jamison during the spring game on April 23, 2022, at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.
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Then, there’s Texas.

The Longhorns are entering their second season under head coach Steve Sarkisian and are fresh off a massive recruiting win in landing five-star quarterback Arch Manning. They are also coming off a 5-7 season in which they lost six straight during the months of October and November and found a way to lose to lowly Kansas.

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They entered this year at No. 18 in the coaches poll, and yet somehow earned one first-place vote.

All 65 coaches who vote in the poll are anonymous, so whoever cast Texas as the number one team in the country may never be known. Regardless of who the vote came from, it’s pretty tight.

While Texas is a traditional power team, the program is still trying to work its way back to relevance under Sarkisian.

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The early-season slate for Texas won’t be easy as they have a home date with Nick Saban and alabama September 10 in Austin.

The Longhorns, who are headed to the SEC in 2025, will get an early taste of what an SEC schedule will look like as they see where their roster stacks up with the best in the country.

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The following week, Texas will get another early season test as the UTSA Roadrunners come to town. The Roadrunners are coming off their best season in program history, going 12-2 under head coach Jeff Traylor.

Most of the hype surrounding Texas in 2022 is due to the major recruiting acquisition in July, as well as the transfer of Ohio State quarterback Quinn Ewers.

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Ewers, who will compete with sophomore Hudson Card for the starting job, is a homegrown product out of Southlake Carroll High School outside Dallas-Fort Worth. The redshirt freshman was a big accomplishment for Sarkisian, just two years after Ewers spurned Texas for Ohio State.

Texas Longhorns #3 Quinn Ewers looks to the sideline for a play during the Orange-White Spring Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Texas Longhorns #3 Quinn Ewers looks to the sideline for a play during the Orange-White Spring Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas.
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“I’m excited for both of these guys,” Sarkisian said when asked about the matchup, according to CBS Sports. “They’re both great teammates, both really coachable, both very competitive, very driven young men who both would love to take the field when the team takes the field on September 3.”

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However, while Texas certainly has a bright future under Sarkisian, the 2022 season more than likely won’t be the year Texas returns to prominence.

Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian stands over Bijan Robinson, #5, during the Eyes of Texas after the Orange-White Spring Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian stands over Bijan Robinson, #5, during the Eyes of Texas after the Orange-White Spring Game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas.
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The Texas defense must perform better than it did in 2021 when the Longhorns allowed 30 points or more in all seven losses and more than 200 yards rushing per game during the season.

Visits to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State won’t be cake walks; and Oklahoma awaits them on October 8.

Texas may be on the rise, but a number one vote is far too much, too soon.

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