Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: Texas very deserving of new Top 25 ranking

Posted September 23rd, 2018

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Texas is back.

In the Associated Press Top 25, at least.

And that’s a start.

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The Longhorns returned to the AP Poll, showing up at a worthy No. 18 after thumping 17th-ranked TCU 31-16 by scoring the final three touchdowns of the game. Texas beat a ranked team for the second consecutive week, the first time it’s done that since 2008.

I put Texas at No. 20 on my AP ballot.

I bumped Oklahoma down a couple of notches to No. 7 after the Sooners’ overtime struggle against ball-controlling Army. Kentucky jumped to No. 15 with a 4-0 record and appears in the poll for the first time since 2007. Texas A&M fell to 21st on my ballot (and comes in at 31st in the poll), and TCU slipped to 22nd on my ballot.

Texas Tech earned a 24th ranking in my vote after throttling Oklahoma State on the road. The Red Raiders are No. 25 in the poll.

Here’s my ballot:

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. West Virginia
  6. Stanford
  7. Oklahoma
  8. LSU
  9. Auburn
  10. Washington
  11. UCF
  12. Notre Dame
  13. Penn State
  14. Miami
  15. Kentucky
  16. California
  17. BYU
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Michigan
  20. Texas
  21. Texas A&M
  22. TCU
  23. USF
  24. Texas Tech
  25. Oregon

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