The country has taken notice of the job that Shaka Smart and his staff are doing in Austin.
Understandably absent from the polls prior to this week [See: Cam Ridley injury], the Longhorns are now ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll and No. 25 in the coaches poll.
This marks UT’s first appearance in both polls in the Smart era. It also marks the first appearance by Texas in The AP Top 25 since the Longhorns were No. 25 on Feb. 2, 2015. It is the first appearance in the Coaches poll since the Longhorns were ranked No. 20 on Jan. 26, 2015.
As it stands right now UT (16-7 overall, 7-3 in Big 12 play) has wins over No. 9 North Carolina, No. 10 West Virginia, No. 14 Iowa State, and No. 21 Baylor.
Texas plays No. 3 OU in Norman tonight and then goes to ISU on Saturday to play the Cyclones.
The Longhorns still have home games against WVU, BU, OU and No. 6 Kansas.
For those wondering, Texas A&M is No. 15, seven spots down from where it was last week after losing both games a week ago.