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Longhorns, Aggies Ranked In AP Preseason Football Poll

August 19, 2019 - 12:55 pm

Time will tell if the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies are "back," but the two programs are getting some respect from the voters in the Associated Press preseason college football poll.

Texas enters the season ranked No. 10, while A&M is 12th.  The Longhorns are coming off a 10-4 season, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia.  The Aggies finished the 2018 season with a record of 7-6 in head coach Jimbo Fisher's first year in College Station.

Defending national champion Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll for the first time in school history.  The Tigers grabbed 52 of the 62 first-place votes.  No. 2 Alabama, vanquished 44-16 by Clemson in last year's College Football Playoff title game, received the remaining ten first-place votes.  The Crimson Tide have won five national championships in the last decade.

The AP voters ranked Georgia at No. 3, while Oklahoma is fourth and Ohio State is fifth.  The rest of the top ten includes LSU, Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas.

A&M and UT were the only Texas schools to make the preseason top 25.  TCU received votes and will start the season in the 31st position in the poll.

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