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Texas makes appearance in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

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The Horns are projected to enter the season ranked for the fourth time in as many seasons under Tom Herman.

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Just moments after the 2019 college football season officially came to a close, ESPN released its Way-Too-Early Top 25 for the 2020 campaign.

Surprise, surprise, but Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns were projected by the outlet to enter the season ranked, yet again, with ESPN pegging the Horns at No. 24 nationally.

“After compiling a 25-15 record in his first three seasons, Year 4 for Tom Herman seems like it’s going to be, well, rather important,” wrote ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “The Longhorns have two new coordinators: former Ohio State assistant Mike Yurcich was hired as offensive coordinator, and former Rutgers coach Chris Ash is the new defensive coordinator. UT got a boost when quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who has a 19-13 record as a starter, elected to return for his senior season, along with left tackle Sam Cosmi.”

“The Longhorns will miss Duvernay and Johnson, one of the better receiver tandems in the FBS when healthy,” Schlabach added. “There’s also quite a bit of talent coming back on defense, so 2020 better be more fruitful, for Herman’s sake. The Longhorns play at LSU in their second game and get Baylor, Iowa State, West Virginia and TCU at home.”

If Texas, which finished ranked No. 25 in the final AP Top 25 released on Monday night, does, in fact, enter the 2020 season among the Top 25, it will mark the fourth time in as many season that Herman’s Longhorns have been recognized as a preseason ranked program. Texas kicked off both the 2017 and 2018 seasons ranked No. 23 nationally, while the Longhorns entered the 2019 season at No. 10 overall on the heels of the program’s first 10-win campaign since 2009.

Other outlets project similar — and even loftier — preseason praise for the Horns, as CBS Sports has Texas ranked No. 17 in its Way-Too-Early poll, while 247Sports slots the Longhorns at No. 12.