Texas is scheduled to face just two top 25 teams during the regular season: Oklahoma in Dallas on Oct. 12 and the Cornhuskers in Lincoln on Nov. 2. Aside from the four Big 12 teams in the top 10, no other league teams made the rankings.
Last season, Texas earned a No. 6 preseason nod in the coaches poll, which at the time marked the Horns' highest season-opening ranking in either poll since 1984. UT went on to finish the '01 season with an 11-2 record and ranked fifth nationally by both The Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN.
The coaches' poll is part of the Bowl Championship Series formula that determines the participants in the national championship game. The AP Preseason Top 25 Poll is scheduled for release on Aug. 10.