Friday's poll marks the fourth straight year that Texas opens the season ranked in the Top Five in at least one of the two major polls. Texas is one of four Big 12 Conference teams listed in the preseason poll. All nationally rated league teams hail from the Big 12 South. Oklahoma checks in at No. 5, while Texas A&M is No. 17. Texas Tech follows at No. 21.
Ohio State, Texas' September 10 opponent in Columbus, opens the season at No. 9.
ESPN opted out of its previous affiliation with the Coaches Poll earlier this year. The poll remains one of the factors in determining which teams participate in BCS bowls, including the BCS national championship game which will be played in the Rose Bowl on January 4.
Longhorns officially report on Sunday. The first practice of the 2005 season is set for 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Denius Field. The session is open to the public. The home opener is scheduled for 6 p.m., September 3, against Louisiana-Lafayette in a Fox Sports Southwest broadcast.
2005 PRESEASON COACHES POLL
9. Ohio State
12. Florida State
17. Texas A&M
18. Arizona State
19. Boise State
21. Texas Tech
22. Boston College