A little over a week after picking up a No. 2 preseason ranking from the coaches, Texas came in at No. 4 in the Associated Press writer's Preseason Top 25 Poll released Saturday. UT’s No. 4 national ranking marks the highest the Horns have opened in the AP preseason poll since earning a No. 3 nod in 1983.
Just as in the USA Today/ESPN poll, Miami tops the rankings. The Hurricanes picked up a poll-best 27 first-place votes. Oklahoma came in at No. 2 overall and garnered the second-most first-place votes with 21. Florida State, despite 10 first-place votes compared to UT's 13, edged out the Horns for third overall. Tennessee (with three first-place votes), Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Washington and Nebraska round out the top 10. Both major preseason polls ranked four Big 12 teams in the top 10.
"We feel like we deserve to be in the group somewhere," Mack Brown said of his team's second preseason top five mention. "Nobody knows who's No. 1 or No. 4 today. That's something we'll know about in the middle of October and at the end of the season. I feel like finally we're getting the respect we need; that we're in the polls because we should be, not simply because we're Texas."
"I think coach Brown said it best," QB Chris Simms said Saturday. "In years past we didn't know if we deserved to start the season in the top five or the top 10, but right now we've got enough players and enough athletes where we feel like we deserve to be where we are and we're just going to go out there and show it."