The college football season came to a close on Monday night in New Orleans, and when the final AP Top 25 dropped shortly thereafter, the Texas Longhorns were recognized as one of the nation’s top teams, finishing the 2019 campaign ranked No. 25 nationally.
Texas, which finished the season at 8-5 overall, captured the final spot in the final poll thanks in large part to back-to-back blowout victories, including an imposing 38-10 Alamo Bowl win over then-No. 11 Utah. Texas became the only Big 12 team to capture a bowl victory this season.
The Horns’ placement in the final poll marks the second time in as many seasons that Texas has finished the season ranked, as Tom Herman’s program climbed as high as No. 9 to cap the 2018 campaign after capping a 10-4 season with a Sugar Bowl win over No. 5 Georgia. As noted by Jeff Howe of Horns247, Texas’ back-to-back ranked finishes now stands as the first time Texas has accomplished that feat since Mack Brown’s Longhorns finished ranked for the 12th consecutive season in 2010.
Along with the Longhorns, which edged Texas A&M (No. 26) for a place in the final AP poll of the season, Oklahoma (No. 7) and Baylor (No. 13) finished ranked, as well. Kansas State received two votes.
Given that Texas not only closed the 2019 campaign on a high note, but returns numerous starters and key contributors on both sides of the ball next season, it’s fairly safe to assume that the Longhorns will ultimately open the 2020 season ranked, as well. If that proves to be the case, it will mark the fourth time in as many seasons that Texas has entered the season ranked under Tom Herman, as the Longhorns were slotted at No. 23 in both 2017 and 2018 before beginning No. 10 overall in 2019.
Texas finished each of those three seasons with a winning record and a bowl victory.