After finishing on the outside of the season’s first College Football Playoff rankings, the Texas Longhorns have now cracked the top 25, coming in at No. 19.
The Longhorns are one of five Big 12 teams currently featured in the playoff rankings, alongside No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 13 Baylor, and No. 22 Oklahoma State, and No. 24 Kansas State.
Texas’ appearance in the playoff rankings comes in the aftermath of the Horns’ 27-24 home win over the Kansas State Wildcats, which entered Austin ranked No. 16 in the CFP rankings.
Despite its placement in the CFP rankings, Texas is effectively eliminated from the playoff picture with the Longhorns owning three losses thus far.
That said, Texas’ Big 12 title hopes sill remain very much alive, though returning to Arlington will require the Longhorns to win out, and likely see the same result from the Sooners. As expected, doing so should prove to be a tall test for a Texas team that’s finally enjoying some semblance of full health, as the 6-3 (4-2) Longhorns will be on the road on Saturday against Iowa State (5-4, 3-3) before visiting Baylor the following weekend.
ESPN’s FPI currently projects Texas as the underdog against both the Cyclones and the Bears.