Texas will officially enter the off-season ranked among the top ten teams in the nation.
Texas was voted into the ninth slot in the Associated Press’ final poll of the 2018 football season, which was released after Monday night’s national championship game. Clemson, which blew out Alabama in the NCAA’s finale, earned 1,525 points and all of the poll’s 61 first-place votes. No. 4 Oklahoma (1,356 points) was the only Big 12 team that achieved a better ranking than Texas (1,076 points).
Texas last appeared in the AP’s final poll in 2012. This is UT’s best season-ending showing since the program was the NCAA’s runner-up in 2009.
The final Top 25 is out!
Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame are the top five, did voters get it right?
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) January 8, 2019
My final AP T25 ballot: 1. Clem 2. Ala 3. Ohio State 4. OU 5. Fla 6. LSU 7. Wash St 8. Tx 9. ND 10. Ga 11. UCF 12. Wash 13. Tx A&M 14. Ky 15. Mich 16. Fresno St 17. Syra 18. Penn St 19. Boise St 20. Army 21. Cin 22. Appa St. 23. NWern 24. Stan 25. Utah St.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) January 8, 2019
In head coach Tom Herman’s second year with the team, Texas posted a 10-4 record. Texas beat five ranked teams, reached the Big 12’s championship game and earned a 28-21 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl during the 2018 season. (It’s worth noting that 11-3 Georgia team finished in a seventh-place tie with Florida in the final AP poll.)
Texas was listed 23rd in the AP’s preseason poll. The Longhorns stumbled out of the poll after a season-opening loss to Maryland, but Texas remained ranked after the season’s fourth week. UT was ranked as high as sixth this season.
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