Texas and Texas A&M – not so much. Ohio State pulls off a first ever sweep of the 61 first place votes up for grabs in the AP Preseason Top 25. TCU ranks second and Baylor (despite current travails) is in fourth place in the meaningless annual preseason exercise. Ohio State has been top-ranked 7 other times at the beginning of the season and has never won the national championship in any of those years.
Texas comes in unranked but in 38th place in the voting with a mighty 3 points. A&M lands just outside the rankings with 61 points in 26th place.
The Longhorns at least have a chance to move up quickly when they face Notre Dame in South Bend on Labor Day weekend. The Aggies also would get a huge boost from beating a highly regarded Arizona State team in the Texas Kickoff Classic at NRG Stadium in Houston on September 5 and probably would move into at least 15th place. As usual, most of the top 25 play the typical first game assortment of lower division patsies, perennial doormats and conference weak sisters. A handful of the top 25 may face actual tests in the first week. Notable matchups other than Texas v. Notre Dame and A&M v. Arizona State include:
No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech
NO. 2 TCU at Minnesota
And the likely game of the week in No. 3 Alabama v. No. 20 Wisconsin