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Texas ranks No. 10 in the preseason Anway Coaches Poll

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After out-performing preseason expectations last year, coaches around country are putting some respect on the Longhorns entering the 2019 season.

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National expectations are rising for head coach Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns program, as the preseason Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 released on Thursday as the Horns ranked No. 10 nationally.

Last season, Texas entered Herman’s second year at the helm in Austin ranked as the No. 21 team nationally, but finished at No. 9 after defeating Georgia in the Sugar Bowl to win 10 games for the first time since 2009.

Now, even though the Longhorns lost eight starters defensively and six more offensively, there’s growing confidence across the country that the notoriously underachieving program has turned the corner.

A favorable schedule also helps, as Texas only has to leave the state twice this season and plays at home against LSU.

Here’s the full poll:

1. Clemson (59)

2. Alabama (6)

3. Georgia

4. Oklahoma

5. Ohio State

6. LSU

7. Michigan

8. Florida

9. Notre Dame

10. Texas

11. Texas A&M

12. Washington

13. Oregon

14. Penn State

15. Utah

16. Auburn

T17. Wisconsin

T17. UCF

19. Iowa

20. Michigan State

21. Washington State

22. Syracuse

23. Stanford

24. Iowa State

25. Northwestern