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College Football writer ranks Texas at No. 2 in way-too-early Top 25

“With a trip to the CFP to build on and quarterback Quinn Ewers (64.3 completion percentage, 5,656 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, 12 interceptions in 22 career games) back in the fold, the Longhorns once again have high expectations for 2024. Yes , there will likely be gaps to fill in both the defensive line and for those receiving targets. Yes, they’ll be playing in the SEC, so the competition will increase (there’s also a stop on September 7 at Michigan). However, Texas will be one of the top 12 teams in the country next season if anything can happen.

Mezydlo is higher than most in Texas as we look toward a pivotal fourth season for head coach Steve Sarkisian in Austin. If Sarkisian can follow up a 12-win season with another good showing in 2024, we could see Texas return to more of the success it had under former head coaches Mack Brown, Fred Akers and Darrell Royal.

The college football writer shared interesting projections for a handful of teams. The Ohio State Buckeyes get a lower-than-usual ranking at No. 5. The Oklahoma State Cowboys (No. 10) and Washington Huskies (No. 12) get more benefit of the doubt than we’d give, despite the fact that they might not get the have the talent to compete at an elite level this season. The Cowboys gave back a lot from last season, but showed a low bottom in losses to South Alabama and UCF.

Texas rivals the Texas A&M Aggies (No. 24) and Oklahoma Sooners (No. 16) are included in the Top 25 rankings. They could be higher on the list than Mezydlo gives them credit for in the rankings. The analyst shares that while Sooners quarterback Jackson Arnold gave reason for optimism in the Alamo Bowl, the SEC slate is discouraging. Mezydlo believes Texas A&M’s schedule is beneficial because many of the toughest games are at Kyle Field.

It is uncertain where the Longhorns will end up at the end of the season, but the national perception appears to be in the team’s favor. Texas looks set to live up to its high ranking in 2024.