Analyst ranks Texas Longhorns high in post-Spring Top 25

College football analyst JD PicKell, host of “The Hard Count” for On3, released an updated post-Spring Top 25 rankings that ranked Texas third in the country.

The Longhorns trailed only Ohio State and Georgia for the top spot, and in a mock playoff, PicKell saw Texas face Florida in a possible quarterfinal game against the winner of Alabama.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian welcomes quarterback Quinn Ewers

Head coach Steve Sarkisian welcomes quarterback Quinn Ewers / Jay Janner/American-Statesman / USA

“Steve Sarkisian, he’s just getting started,” Pickell said.

PicKell noted that despite the losses of many key players, such as Outland Trophy winner T'Vondre Sweat and first-round pick Xavier Worthy, the new Texas team is designed to repeat last season's success.

PicKell made it clear that there was a class change after Texas, indicating more confidence in Ohio State's portal additions and the coaching and talent of a Georgia team coming off its first non-national championship year since 2021.

Despite the Longhorns receiving national attention from sites like On3 and other news outlets, many analysts still believe the Longhorns are one step away from becoming the top seed in college football.

With high praise comes high expectations, and the Longhorns will need to prove they are a top-three team with big games coming up. In a video released the next day, PicKell mentioned the four big games that will shape the season for Texas, all of which are likely on Sarkisian's schedule since the 2024 schedule was released.

In Michigan they will face the reigning national champions in week two.

The Red River Rivalry, followed by hosting PicKell's No. 1 team, Georgia, in weeks seven and eight.

And finally, for the first time in 13 years, there's a chance to beat in-state rival Texas A&M in College Station, rekindling a tradition that will always produce some of the best games in college football.

For the Longhorns to remain among the top three teams in the country and thereby secure a bye in the first round of the College Football Playoff, Texas could lose just one of those games while remaining perfect in the games in which they are favored. Time will tell if the Longhorns can adjust to the new conference, but one thing is for sure.

The 2024 Longhorns have as good a chance as any to be the best team in college football.

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