It feels good to be recognized.
We’re not talking about LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron’s victorious talk with ESPN, in which he noted how a successful third and long play against the Texas Longhorns’ defense made him realize he was coaching a team with championship-winning potential. We’re talking about the final Associated Press rankings, in which Texas was ranked No. 25 overall.
Asked on ESPN when he knew that LSU could win it all, Ed Orgeron immediately references that third-and-17 touchdown pass by Joe Burrow against Texas.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) January 14, 2020
That means it’s the first time since the 2008 and 2009 season that the Longhorns have finished ranked among the AP top-25 in back-to-back seasons. More so, it shows progress.
Texas finished the 2019 season ranked 25th in the final Associated Press poll released early this morning. First back-to-back final rankings since 2008-09.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 14, 2020
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
247Sports: Valai ‘truly blessed’ to ‘get after it’ in role with Longhorns
247Sports: Coleman ‘extremely grateful’ for full-time opportunity at Texas
Dallas Morning News: Local stars Sam Ehlinger, Spencer Rattler and Chuba Hubbard among 2020 Heisman Trophy favorites
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- It may have just gotten more complicated – and more expensive – to keep up with the Longhorns’ men’s basketball team. For those hoping to catch Wednesday’s game between Texas and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, you’ll have to subscribe to the streaming platform ESPN+ due to a new streaming package the Big 12 Conference announced last year. For a monthly subscription, which you can cancel any time, it’ll cost you $4.99 per month. If you’re willing to bite the bullet for a yearlong subscription, it’ll cost you $49.99. Texas men’s basketball’s game against the TCU Horned Frogs on Jan. 29 will also be viewable via ESPN+.
Texas-Oklahoma State is first of two Longhorns’ games on subscription-based ESPN+ https://t.co/FKeEk0oJz9— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 13, 2020
- In Stadium’s way, way too early top-25 2020 college football rankings, Texas was ranked No. 16. From Brett McMurphy at Stadium: “For a second consecutive year, Texas managed to pull off a bowl game upset against a Power Five conference title game loser. This past season, Texas dominated Pac-12 runner-up Utah in the Alamo Bowl a year after blasting SEC runner-up Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The Longhorns return seven starters each on offense and defense, most notably QB Sam Ehlinger, RB Keaontay Ingram and WR Brennan Eagles. UT did lose WRs Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay. Defensively, the Horns should be solid in the secondary, returning three of four starters, including safety Caden Sterns.”
- Former Texas running back Earl Campbell – a deity in the eyes of the Longhorn Republic – was ranked No. 7 on ESPN’s all-time greatest players in college football’s 150-year history.
- What our SBNation neighbors Viva the Matadors are saying about the Texas Tech Red Raiders’ hiring of former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who will help lead the program in a similar role: “This move is something this program has not made in past years and I believe it was something that was missing from the past regime and I think the reluctance to make a move and stay with current coaches was one of the reasons that the last regime didn’t work. The fact of the matter is that Orlando is a huge upgrade and will coach up the young linebacker corp that will need to gain experience fast.”
The Baylor Bears’ men’s and women’s basketball teams are both currently ranked No. 2 nationally. Some casual gloating from our SBNation neighbors at Our Daily Bears: “On the men’s side, Scott Drew and his team made it through the toughest week of scheduling they’ll face the entire regular season: they knocked off #22 Texas Tech in Lubbock, 57-52, and then blew out #3 Kansas in Lawrence, 67-55. That was the first win in Lawrence for Scott Drew and Baylor. The win also ended a 28 home game winning streak for the Jayhawks. The men are now 13-1 on the season with an NCAA best 5 ranked wins. Their only loss was a two point defeat in Alaska to Washington, a game they led almost the entire time. They are only 7 points behind #1 Gonzaga in this week’s poll. ... On the women’s side, Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears also captured a historic victory, defeating #1 UConn on the road. This win by Baylor halted a 98 game home winning streak for the UConn women. And the Lady Bears did it in decisive fashion, winning 74-58. They capped off the week with a 94-48 victory over Oklahoma State. The Lady Bears rest only 13 points behind #1 South Carolina in the latest poll and also boast a 13-1 record. Their one loss came to, you guessed it, South Carolina. But that was while star Lauren Cox was out with an injury. With Cox back in the rotation, Baylor looks nearly unbeatable.”
- Las Vegas’ Caesar Sportsbook released their odds for which program will in a championship next season. Apparently the Longhorns have a 25/1 chance. From 247Sports: “Perhaps the biggest surprise in the sportsbooks, there is new reason for optimism for the Longhorns despite a frustrating 2019 season under Tom Herman. The year ended right with a blowout of near-CFP competitor Utah, and Herman made significant staff changes. He welcomes Mike Yurcich from Ohio State to help lead the offense while former Rutgers head coach and Buckeyes defensive coordinator Chris Ash takes over on defense with an excellent playcalling reputation. Plus, Sam Ehlinger is back for another ride at quarterback.” The odds are similar to what the Gamblers Report gave both Texas and LSU last year.
Latest #CFB Championship Odds— TheGamblersReport.com (@gamblersreport) August 30, 2019
Alabama Crimson Tide 5/2
Clemson Tigers 5/2
Georgia Bulldogs 6/1
Michigan Wolverines 14/1
Oklahoma Sooners 14/1
Ohio State Buckeyes 16/1
LSU Tigers 25/1
Texas Longhorns 25/1
Florida Gators 40/1
Notre Dame 40/1
Washington 50/1 pic.twitter.com/wd4P2GBwQE