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Texas rises in latest College Football Playoff rankings

A win and several losses elsewhere helped lift the Longhorns into the top 15 in the updated CFP rankings.

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With a win over the weekend and some help from the field, the Texas Longhorns are now enjoying their highest positioning in the updated College Football Playoff rankings, which released on Tuesday evening.

After outlasting Texas Tech on the road, 41-34, and seeing No. 11 Kentucky, No. 14 NC State, No. 16 Mississippi State, No. 17 Boston College, and No. 18 Michigan State each fall on Saturday, Texas has climbed into the top 15, improving four spots from No. 19 to No. 15.

Texas made its College Football Playoff rankings debut at No. 17 following a 38-35 road defeat at the hands of Oklahoma State, and slipped to No. 19 last week following a last-second, 42-41 loss to West Virginia.

Now, after snapping the losing skid, Texas is ranked as a top 15 team in every major poll — the AP Top 25 has Texas positioned at No. 13, while the Amway Coaches Poll places the Horns at No. 14.

As Saturday, Texas will be presented with another opportunity to progress in the playoff rankings, as the Longhorns will welcome another ranked for in No. 16 Iowa State.