Phil Steele must think he knows something a lot of other people don’t know.
Steele, who produces a college football preview magazine, wrote a piece for ESPN.com in which he ranked the Longhorns No. 4 – behind Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State and one spot ahead of Oregon.
Other publications tend to have the Longhorns outside the top 10.
Steele wrote that only Texas, Alabama and Ohio State have all eight of their units ranked in the top 25 in his position rankings.
Often one to favor teams with returning starters, Steele cites the Longhorns’ 19 returnees as tied for the most of any BCS team in the country.
Steele cites the return of two injured defensive players, end Jackson Jeffcoat and linebacker Jordan Hicks, as factors that will help a poor defense improve.
“I have not picked Texas to win the Big 12 since 2009 (the last season they won the league and reached the BCS title game),” Steele wrote. “But I am calling for that this year.”
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