The University of Texas is No.1 in ESPN’s weekly Power Rankings, which are the league’s weekly preseason rankings of all 32 teams in the country.
This week, Texas was joined by LSU, Oklahoma State, and Ohio State as the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, respectively.
It’s the first time that Texas has been ranked No.2 since the preseason began in 2009.
The Longhorns, who finished No. 14 in the latest rankings, were also the only school in the league to take home the top-ranked spot, finishing just behind Ohio State and LSU.
The SEC West was also among the most competitive divisions this season, with Oklahoma State and Alabama finishing ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma and No 6 Alabama.
The top-seeded Ohio State was also ranked ahead of TCU, which finished just ahead of Texas.
The first four weeks of the preseason have already produced some surprising matchups, but there’s no question that Texas is the best team in the conference right now.
The Longhorns will play at Alabama on Saturday, and that game could decide the season.
There are only four teams that could possibly make the Big 12 title game, which would require an upset in each conference’s first four games.
Texas is also the first team in college football history to win four consecutive national championships.
The only other team to accomplish that feat was the 1950 U.S. Olympic team that won four straight Olympic gold medals.
It was a streak that lasted until the 1960s, when the U.C.L.A. won four consecutive titles.
After a three-game losing streak in 2016, the Longhorns had a chance to bounce back this week.
The offense went into a mode that the offense had not experienced in the last three seasons.
The defense struggled, but the offense scored a season-high 37 points against Oklahoma State.
Texas led 24-0 after three quarters before the Sooners put up 42 points.
The Aggies came back to score 34 points on the final four possessions of the game.
The win is a big one for the Longhorn offense, which was one of the worst units in the SEC.
The first half was a nightmare for the defense, as they surrendered an average of nearly 70 points per game.
The second half was even worse, as the Longhounds allowed more than 150 points per contest.
If Texas can get the offensive line to play at its peak level, the offense should be able to get back on track in the second half of the season, but for now, the defense will need to be the key to Texas’s success.
The second-ranked offense also had a big week against LSU.
The Tigers were the only team in FBS to allow more than 100 points against the Longhos, but only four of those were scored in the final three quarters.
This offense will have to play its best football against LSU to have any chance of making the playoff, but if the defense can get some of its young players on the field, it could be a real threat.
Texas also got a boost in the form of an injury to linebacker Myles Garrett.
Garrett has been battling injuries for most of the year, but he finally returned to practice this week after missing nearly two weeks with a knee injury.
Garrett is the only Longhorns linebacker to play in at least 30 games in the past five seasons, and he’s been one of their most consistent players.
Garrett had three sacks in the Longhoos first two games.
The junior linebacker will be a big help for the offense this year, especially against a strong defense.
Texas has one of college football’s best offenses in the nation.
Texas leads the league in total offense, touchdowns, and points scored.
The secondary is also a strong one, with the Longhors top three cornerbacks all in the top five in the NFL.
The linebackers have also made big plays for the team, with defensive backs Kenny Vaccaro, Josh Shaw, and Kenny Vaccar are among the country’s top 10 tacklers.
The biggest question for the Texas offense heading into the season is whether or not quarterback Trevone Boykin can stay healthy and be a top-tier NFL quarterback.
Boykin has been dealing with shoulder issues the past few years, but it’s unclear how long he’ll be out of action for.
If Boykin cannot play in 2017, it will be another big blow for Texas.
If Boykin continues to play well, Texas will be in good shape for the playoffs.
The team should have a good defense this year and should be one of just a handful of teams that can make the postseason.