AUSTIN - In the wake of the Texas Longhorns’ heart-stopping, double overtime victory over tenth-ranked Notre Dame, the question on many fans’ minds is where the Longhorns will end up in the Top 25.
The AP Top 25 as a whole saw several key upsets and near-misses for teams ranked as high as the top five over the first weekend of the college football season. Starting at the top, third-ranked Oklahoma was dominated by Houston; fifth-ranked LSU was beaten by Wisconsin; 10th ranked Notre Dame lost to Texas; 22nd ranked North Carolina lost to 18th ranked Georgia; and 16th ranked UCLA lost to Texas A&M.
Plus, another top 15 team will lose Monday night when the fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles play the 11th ranked Ole Miss Rebels.
North Carolina and UCLA are both likely to drop out of the Top 25 this week. Notre Dame will take a tumble as will LSU, Oklahoma, and the loser of FSU vs. Ole Miss.
Texas A&M and Texas could be the big beneficiaries of the losses by North Carolina and UCLA. That could put Texas in the range of 20-25, or higher, when the top 25 ranking are released Tuesday afternoon.
However, given that there was a preseason poll to begin with, it’s also entirely possible that Texas could be ranked below Notre Dame when the new rankings are released. It’s possible, but not likely.
After one week of college football, the only sure thing that was discovered was that the Alabama Crimson Tide is head and shoulders the top team in the country. But, there are a lot of up and coming teams including Houston and Texas who could make quite a bit of noise throughout the rest of the regular season.