More than 10 million college football fans watched Texas knock off Notre Dame on Sunday. Fortunately for the Longhorns, some of them vote in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Texas landed 11th in the updated AP poll released Tuesday after the first weekend of terrific games nationwide.
It’s the first time UT has cracked the top 25 in the Charlie Strong era and highest since being ranked 23rd on the final week of the 2013 regular season.
By getting into the AP Top 25, it’s the surest sign yet that Texas is rebuilding its national reputation. Multiple national college football writers were in Austin and all wrote glowing reviews of UT’s 50-47 double-overtime victory.
My AP ballot: Bama FSU Clem UH OhSt Tex Wis Mich Stan ND Wash A&M OleMiss Ga UL OkSt TCU MichSt Ore Miami SDSU Tenn OU LSU UNC
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 6, 2016
— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) September 6, 2016
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 6, 2016
The Longhorns have a long and storied history with the AP poll. The program has made 45 appearances at No. 1, most recently on Oct. 25, 2008. But UT hasn’t been in the top 10 since September 2010.
After Sunday’s win over then-No. 10 Notre Dame, Strong is now 4-8 against ranked opponents with the Longhorns. That includes wins over No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 12 Baylor last season.
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Charlie Strong vs. Top 25 opponentsTexas coach Charlie Strong is 4-8 against ranked opponents during his two-plus seasons with the Longhorns.
|Sept. 13, 2014||vs. No. 12 UCLA (Arlington)||L, 20-17|
|Oct. 4, 2014||No. 7 Baylor||L, 28-7|
|Oc. 11, 2014||vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (Dallas)||L, 31-26|
|Oct. 25, 2014||at No. 11 Kansas State||L, 23-0|
|Nov. 8, 2014||No. 24 West Virginia||W, 33-16|
|Nov. 27, 2014||No. 6 TCU||L, 48-10|
|Sept. 5, 2015||at No. 11 Notre Dame||L, 38-3|
|Sept. 26, 2015||No. 24 Oklahoma State||L, 30-27|
|Oct. 3, 2015||at No. 4 TCU||L, 50-7|
|Oct. 10, 2015||vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (Dallas)||W, 24-17|
|Dec. 5, 2015||at No. 12 Baylor||W, 23-17|
|Sept. 4, 2016||No. 10 Notre Dame||W, 50-47 (2OT)|
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