Tom Herman has brought a lot excitement to a program that just seven months ago was losing in overtime to the lowly Kansas Jayhawks. And despite Texas also losing a 2,000-yard rusher and Doak Walker award winner (D’Onta Foreman), and despite a recruiting class in 2017 that didn’t rank in the top 25 nationally , Athlon is buying high on Herman’s first group of Longhorns.
Yes, while many “way-too-early” rankings are throwing the Longhorns in the AP top 25, Athlon is raising the bar, putting the Longhorns at No. 13 in their preseason rankings.
The former graduate assistant under Mack Brown inherits a team that finished 5-7 last year but features plenty of promising pieces to build around on both sides of the ball.”
Adding that the schedule sets up favorably for the Longhorns, Athlon is more bullish on the Longhorns than a number of teams coming off strong seasons, including former Texas coach Charlie Strong’s group at South Florida, who Athlon has at No. 24.
But the most surprising? Athlon has Oklahoma State at No. 14, right after the Longhorns. The Cowboys have beaten the Longhorns the last two seasons and return one of the conference’s best quarterbacks, Mason Rudolph, next season.
Two of Texas’ 2017 opponents crack Athlon’s top 10, No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 5 Southern California.
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