Bohls: Texas football re-enters Top 25 AP ballot after crushing Texas Tech
Texas is back.
Well, on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot.
It’s a start and a slow climb back to relevance, but Steve Sarkisian’s team is sticking to its knitting and has rebounded strongly since that meltdown against Arkansas.
The Longhorns are making real and steady progress since their fiasco in Fayetteville. They are revealing glimpses of a dynamic offense capable of putting up huge numbers, an aggressive defense that tackles well and has plenty of room to improve, and special teams that can produce big strikes.
Consider that Texas looked as fragile as any Texas team ever against the Razorbacks and has scored 128 points in two games since. That’s impressive.
So I stuck Texas at No. 24 with my vote, just ahead of newcomer San Diego State.
The biggest change came in the Top 10 with Clemson and Texas A&M falling out. In the Tigers’ case, I dropped them entirely out of my Top 25 after an overtime loss to North Carolina State — already their second loss of the year and we’re not even out of September.
Clemson wasn’t the only casualty of an Upset Weekend.
North Carolina got bounced out of the Top 25 with an improbable loss to Georgia Tech.
Arkansas is for real.
That much is obvious after the Razorbacks continued their season-long momentum by knocking off No. 7 Texas A&M 20-10 and probably spoiling the Aggies’ national championship hopes. It was Arkansas’ first upset of a Top 10 team since 2016.
I moved the Hogs into my Top 10 all the way up to No. 7 and dropped the Aggies to No. 15.
I was thoroughly impressed with Oklahoma State's big victory over Kansas State.
Other newcomers besides North Carolina State (No. 20) to my ballot are Ole Miss (sorry I was a little late to the party), UCLA and 4-0 San Diego State, which has beaten a pair of Power Five opponents, Utah and Arizona, and has rushed for more than 200 yards in every game and not given up a rushing touchdown all year.
Bohls' Top 25
3. Penn State
6. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
12. Coastal Carolina
14. Oklahoma State
15. Texas A&M
16. Michigan State
18. Ole Miss
19. Fresno State
20. North Carolina State
23. Kansas State
25. San Diego State