Horns Grab Another No. 2 Ranking

It's unanimous (at least in the two major college football polls)! The Horns are the top 2005 challenger to two-time defending Associated Press national champion USC. The Trojans grabbed the top spot in the just-released AP preseason poll, followed by No. 2 Texas, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 LSU.

USC earned 60 of 65 first-place votes in the poll. UT took four of the remaining five, with 12th-ranked Louisville grabbing the final No. 1 vote.

"...we were really excited about the final poll of preseason with the coaches and with the writers rating us this high we feel again that that is great respect for our football program and the way we finished last year and the number of guys we have coming back this year," Mack Brown said after the Horns' Saturday morning scrimmage in DKR. "We also understand that where you finish at the end of the year is important, where you finish at the first of the year is simply respect."

Texas can certainly earn a large dose of on-the-field respect on Sept. 10, when it faces AP's preseason No. 6 Ohio State. Ditto for the Oct. 8 match-up in the Cotton Bowl with No. 7 Oklahoma.

Virginia Tech, Miami and Florida round out the top 10.

The second 10 starts with Iowa, followed by Louisville, Georgia, Florida State, Purdue, Auburn, Texas A&M, Boise State, Cal and Arizona State.

No. 21 Texas Tech is the fourth Big 12 South team in the rankings, followed by Boston College, Pittsburgh, Fresno State and Virginia.


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