There’s no way around it. Texas and South Florida are going to be compared at every step of the 2017 college football season.
It doesn’t help that the team Charlie Strong took over is expected to be one of the best in the Group of Five, and the Longhorns are expected to rise from their slumber in Tom Herman’s first season. Teams with those pedigrees are usually placed similarly in preseason rankings, and so you get things like this.
In Sports Illustrated’s post-spring power rankings, the magazine has Texas at No. 20, one spot ahead of … yep, South Florida.
— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) May 9, 2017
The Longhorns took a slight fall from where they were in the somehow more meaningless “way-too-early” rankings, which had Texas at No. 18. Here’s what SI’s Brian Hamilton wrote about the Longhorns following spring ball:
Four-star early enrollee Toneil Carter rushed 10 times for 60 yards in the spring game as one of the Longhorns’ only available options there. Tom Herman wouldn’t hand Shane Buechele the starting job just yet, though the sophomore QB did throw for 369 yards and two touchdowns while adding 42 yards rushing.
Big 12 foes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State are all ranked ahead of Texas. And of course, it wouldn’t be a preseason college football ranking without Alabama at No. 1.
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