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Texas finishes No. 3 in the final AP Top 25

The Horns hold their highest postseason ranking since 2009.

NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Texas at Washington John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Following a 12-2 season that included a Big 12 championship and the school’s first appearance in the College Football Playoffs, the Texas Longhorns finished No. 3 in the final AP Top 25 poll of the 2023 season.

The Michigan Wolverines won the national championship and claimed the top spot after Monday’s dominant 34-13 win over the No. 2 Washington Huskies on Monday in Houston with the Alabama Crimson Tide slotting at No. 4.

It’s the highest finish for the Longhorns since ranking No. 2 in 2009 in the wake of the loss to the Crimson Tide in the national championship game. Texas ended a season in the top 10 for the first time since 2018 and the seventh time since 2000.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian will have to replace a number of key contributors with a host of players expected to be selected in the 2024 NFL Draft, including several early entries — running back Jonathon Brooks, wide receiver Xavier Worthy, wide receiver AD Mitchell, tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, offensive tackle Christian Jones, defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat, defensive tackle Byron Murphy, linebacker Jaylan Ford, and cornerback Ryan Watts.