Monday, August 8, 2011
ESPN Preseason Power Poll: No. 22 Texas
We'll be rolling out our preseason poll this week with five teams each day, kicking things off today.
Texas is the second Big 12 team to debut in the poll, checking in at No. 22.Our poll was put together based upon ballots submitted by 25 ESPN.com college football analysts, columnists and reporters, including yours truly.
After our poll is finished this week, I'll unveil my personal top 25 ballot on the blog.
TEXAS: In most places, a 5-7 season is considered a disappointment. Texas is not most places; in Austin, 5-7 is an unmitigated failure. Mack Brown overhauled his coaching staff after enduring the worst season in his Longhorns tenure and seeing his streak of 10-win seasons end at nine. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp departed to fill Florida's head-coaching vacancy; he'll be replaced by Mississippi State's Manny Diaz. Bryan Harsin arrives from Boise State to run the offense alongside co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. They'll have their hands full revitalizing an offense that struggled showing any signs of life in 2010 with first-year starter Garrett Gilbert at QB. Will the growing pains of 2010 produce dividends in 2011? The Longhorns hope so.
-- Chris Fallica, College GameDay researcher