ORG XMIT: TXEG103 UCLA's Akeem Ayers (10) celebrates with teammate Sean Westgate (11) after he intercepted a pass by Texas' Garrett Gilbert during the second quarter in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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The most overrated AP preseason teams ever? Yeah, the Longhorns are on this list

Posted June 27th, 2017

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Texas football first entered Associated Press’ top 25 ranking in 1940. The first time they entered the AP’s preseason ranking was 1945, when they debut at No. 10.

The AP got it right that year. Texas finished the season ranked No. 10 in the final poll as the Longhorns won the Southwest Conference.

But Texas’ AP preseason rankings haven’t always panned out and SB Nation had ranked several Longhorn teams on the “most overrated teams during the 67-year run of the preseason poll.”

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Here are the two teams Texas fans have tried to forget that SB Nation points out while having lots of fun with an astonished Texas fan gif:

The 2010 team

Ranked No. 5 in the nation a few months after playing in the BCS National Championship Game and with a hotshot young quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, lots of returning pieces and strong recruiting class, this Texas team was supposed to make noise.

But that noise was a giant belly flop in the pool of disappointment. Texas lost seven games that season… the beginning of the end for Mack Brown.

The 1997 team

Texas was coming off an 8-5 season that saw Texas beat Nebraska in the famous roll-left play during the first Big 12 Championship Game. Texas was supposed to build off that season, especially since Ricky Williams was back and senior James Brown was still under center.

Uh, no.  The preseason No. 12 Longhorns went 4-7, losing to No. 11-ranked UCLA (hide the women and children!) 66-3 in Austin. Needless to say, this didn’t sit well with Texas fans and coach John Mackovic was gone after the season.

 

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