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Texas Longhorns ranked No. 20 in new Coaches poll, No. 11 in AP poll

After two long seasons, the ‘Horns are ranked once again

Notre Dame v Texas Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After arguably the greatest opening weekend in college football saw multiple top 10 teams fall, the updated Amway Coaches Poll looked drastically different and the Texas Longhorns are once again ranked, coming in at No. 20.

Several hours later, the new AP poll has the ‘Horns at No. 11, a huge leap from the ranks of the, well, unranked. Texas hasn’t been ranked that highly by the AP since October of 2012.

The ranked recognition for Texas came after the Longhorns outlasted No. 10 Notre Dame in a thrilling double-overtime shootout in Austin, which had all the makings of an instant classic between two historical powers.

For Texas, Tuesday’s polls mark the first time the ‘Horns have cracked the Top 25 since 2013’s regular season finale loss to No. 9 Baylor, in which Texas was ranked No. 25. Mack Brown would coach his final game at Texas the very next game in Texas’ 30-7 Alamo Bowl loss to Oregon.

Now looking ahead to very winnable games against UTEP and California over the next two weeks, the ‘Horns should be able to hold onto their ranking for at least a few weeks.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy even had the ‘Horns ranked as high as No. 6; a substantial jump from unranked, to say the least.