The latest AP Top 25 Poll is here, and in the least surprising news of the day, the Texas Longhorns (2-2, 1-2) are no longer ranked after falling to the then-1-2 Oklahoma Sooners, 53-45, in the Red River Showdown to record their second consecutive defeat. No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Iowa State, and No. 22 Kansas State represent the Big 12 as teams ranked this week, and each still looms ahead on the Longhorns schedule.
Though midseason rankings don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, in Texas’ case, they’re telling of a program that’s rapidly regressing after being ranked among the top 10 just nine days ago. Now, Texas ranks eighth in the Big 12 standings, ahead of only the Kansas Jayhawks (0-3, 0-2) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-3, 0-3).
Fortunately for Tom Herman and his Longhorns, they aren’t at risk of a third loss in as many weeks as Texas will enjoy a much-needed bye week in hopes of addressing the numerous issues that have led to a 1-2 record and -3-point differential in league play.
Afterwards, Texas will host the Baylor Bears (1-1), which have played only two games thus far due to Covid-related concerns. Kickoff time and television information for Texas’ meeting with Baylor has not yet been announced.