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Texas Football Receives First-Place Vote In 2022 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Steve Sarkisian, Texas Longhorns Football

Someone's buying all the Texas football stock ahead of the 2022 college football season. The Longhorns received one first-place vote in the preseason coaches' poll, which was released this Monday afternoon.

Alabama received 64 first-place votes. Ohio State got six, followed by Georgia at five. Texas was the only other team to receive a first-place vote. 

However, not everyone's so confident in Steve Sarkisian's Longhorns. Overall, Texas landed at No. 18 in the coaches' poll. Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia, meanwhile, fall at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively. 

It's title or bust for the Longhorns, apparently. 

Texas finished the 2021 season 5-7 overall and just 3-6 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns had several ugly losses, including one defeat at the hands of the Kansas Jayhawks. 

After starting the season with four wins and one loss, Texas lost six-straight games before ending the year with a win vs. Kansas State. 

Much of the Longhorns' success this upcoming season will depend on quarterback play. Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers is expected to win the starting gig. His potential is through the roof, and Sarkisian has a track record of helping his quarterbacks reach it. 

This could be a special year for the Longhorns, but probably not national-title special. If Texas is in the race for the Big 12 title that'll be a major success. 

Texas opens the season on Sept. 3 against ULM. A week later the Longhorns will learn what they need to in a massive non-conference bout vs. Alabama.