After their 59-3 win Saturday against the UT-El Paso Miners, the Texas Longhorns rose in the ranks, moving from 14th to ninth place in the AP Top 25 rankings—leapfrogging Texas A&M, ranked 10th, in the process.


The longest-running ranking system in college football, The Associated Press Top 25 poll is made up of a panel of 62 writers and broadcasters from around the country, who vote in a weekly poll.

Before the season, the consensus was that the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M were both in the top 15 teams in the country, as they have been historically. But due to the cancelation of the Big Ten and ACC seasons because of the pandemic, both schools have climbed into the top 10.

The absence of two of the "Power Five" conferences this season will allow not only for more teams from the remaining three to crack the Top 25 but also for smaller schools like the University of Central Florida and the University of Cincinnati to get into the top 15.

The Longhorns and the Big 12 Conference decided before the start of the season to allow only one nonconference game; that game for UT Austin was this past weekend against the Miners.

During the one-sided victory in Austin, senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger put on a show for the limited home crowd at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Ehlinger threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns. There was talk during the game that Ehlinger might add his name to the record books by surpassing Colt McCoy's 2009 record of 470 yards single game passings and his 2006 record of six touchdowns in a single game. Ehlinger instead allowed sophomore Casey Thompson to get reps at quarterback halfway through the third quarter.

This weekend, the Longhorns will travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech in their first Top 10 game since week two of last season when they faced off against the eventual national champion LSU Tigers in Austin.

UT also moved up six spots in the CBS coaches poll this week, jumping from 14th place to eighth, again leapfrogging 10th place holder Texas A&M.

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