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Texas ranks No. 23 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll

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Head coaches around college football believe the ‘Horns are back on the right track.

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Thursday marked the release of the preseason Amway Coaches Poll, voted on by head coaches across the country, and the Texas Longhorns came in at No. 23.

Preseason Amway Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Alabama 14-1 1603 49 2 1 1/1
2 Ohio State 11-2 1512 5 6 4 2/2
3 Florida State 10-3 1434 4 8 5 3/3
4 Southern California 10-3 1415 0 5 1 4/4
5 Clemson 14-1 1367 7 1 -4 5/5
6 Penn State 11-3 1257 0 7 1 6/6
7 Washington 12-2 1245 0 4 -3 7/7
8 Oklahoma 11-2 1237 0 3 -5 8/8
9 Michigan 10-3 959 0 10 1 9/9
10 Wisconsin 11-3 936 0 9 -1 10/10
11 Oklahoma State 10-3 912 0 11 0 11/11
12 Louisiana State 8-4 834 0 14 2 12/12
13 Auburn 8-5 819 0 22 9 13/13
14 Stanford 10-3 732 0 12 -2 14/14
15 Georgia 8-5 701 0 36 21 15/15
16 Florida 9-4 681 0 13 -3 16/16
17 Louisville 9-4 676 0 20 3 17/17
18 Miami 9-4 472 0 23 5 18/18
19 Kansas State 9-4 339 0 27 8 19/19
20 West Virginia 10-3 319 0 17 -3 20/20
21 South Florida 11-2 247 0 19 -2 21/21
22 Virginia Tech 10-4 235 0 16 -6 22/22
23 Texas 5-7 193 0 NR 0 23/23
24 Tennessee 9-4 155 0 24 0 24/24
25 Utah 9-4 109 0 21 -4 25/25

Texas comes in as the fifth-ranked school in the Big 12, which provides some perspective on where coaches around the country believe the ‘Horns will finish — in the middle of the pack.

The retirement of Bob Stoops at Oklahoma dropped the Sooners five spots in the poll, while Oklahoma State stayed steady. West Virginia dropped several spots, while Kansas State vaulted the Mountaineers in the view of the coaches.

So, does this seem like a fair ranking for a talented team with a new head coach, but also has some significant question marks?