Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) fights for yardage against Oklahoma linebacker Jon-Michael Terry (40) on Oct. 12, 2019 in Dallas. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Longhorns picked to win a bronze medal as Big 12 releases its preseason football poll

Posted July 17th, 2020

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When it comes to its standing in the Big 12, Texas will start the 2020 football season in the same place that it finished its 2019 campaign.

UT was picked to finish third in the Big 12’s preseason football poll, which was released on Friday. The Longhorns received four of the 90 first-place votes that were submitted by media members. Texas collected a total of 727 points.

Not surprisingly, Oklahoma topped the poll with 888 points and 80 first-place votes. The Sooners are the Big 12’s five-time defending champion. There were also 742 points and six first-place votes that were distributed to Oklahoma State.

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Texas recorded an 8-5 record in 2019 and was ranked 25th in the AP’s final poll for that season. With a 5-4 showing in conference play, Texas wound up in a four-way tie with Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Iowa State for third place in the Big 12’s standings. The Longhorns eventually beat out those other third-place teams for the conference’s invitation to the Alamo Bowl.

The Longhorns last won a Big 12 championship in 2009. Texas is set to return 16 starters this fall, though. On Thursday, UT placed five players on the Big 12’s preseason team.

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