Sportswriters have been casting votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for decades. How many times have they voted for the Longhorns?
The AP just unveiled a fun summer project that examines every vote cast since the poll began in 1936. During that time, 1,103 polls were conducted, according to the AP. A total of 165 schools earned a vote at some point in time and 44 were ranked No. 1.
Texas checked in eighth overall in the AP’s all-time balloting. The Longhorns made their first appearance in 1940 and have registered an appearance in 703 polls (almost 65 percent of the time).
The team has been ranked No. 1 a total of 44 1/2 times. The best decade came during the 2000s, when the Longhorns appeared in 99.4 percent of the polls. That coincides with two appearances in the national championship game and a victory over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
The worst decade was actually the 1990s, when the Longhorns appeared in only 47.3 percent of the polls taken. UT hasn’t cracked the top 10 since Sept. 19, 2010.
It’s not surprising that many historical names were at the top. Ohio State was No. 1 overall. Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama and USC were second to fifth, respectively.
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