Aug. 21, 2010
Austin -- Texas is ranked fifth in The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Poll, which was released on Saturday, including receiving one first-place vote.
It marks the fifth time in the last six years the Longhorns have opened the season in the Top Five and it is also the 10th time in the last 11 years Texas has been ranked in the preseason Top 10.
Texas has been ranked among The Associated Press Top 25 for a UT-record and nation-leading 158 straight weeks, bettering a 114-week streak from 1968-76. The next longest active streak is Ohio State’s 85 weeks. The 158 straight weeks is also the sixth-longest streak in the poll's history.
In addition, the Horns have been ranked in The AP Top Five for 29 consecutive weeks, which is the longest active streak in the nation and the longest streak in the Mack Brown era.
Brown revived the Horns as a Top 10 regular beginning with a No. 5 preseason ranking in 2001. Since then, the Horns have earned a Top 10 standing in 122 of the last 145 AP polls. Overall, UT has spent 129 weeks ranked among the Top 10 since Brown arrived in 1998. In the same 12-year stretch prior to his arrival, UT spent just 16 weeks rated among the Top 10.
Texas has finished the year ranked among The AP Top 25 in each of Mack Brown’s 12 years in Austin. That marks the first time in school history Texas has finished in The AP Top 25 for 12 straight years, bettering the previous record of eight straight seasons from 1968-75.
Alabama earned the top spot in this season's preseason poll, followed by Ohio State, Boise State and Florida. The Big 12 also had two other teams in the Top 10 with Oklahoma seventh and Nebraska eighth.
For the complete poll click here.