AUSTIN — Texas topped the SEC team ranked ahead of them and heavily favored to beat them — the Georgia Bulldogs — in the Allstate Sugar Bowl to give the Longhorns a lot of momentum heading into the 2019 season.
The thing it didn’t give them was a ranking better than the Bulldogs, though.
Although Texas came in at No. 9 in the final AP Top 25 poll of the season — the ‘Horns first appearance in the Top 10 since 2009 — the win somehow wasn’t enough to prove that Texas is tops over Georgia. The Bulldogs were ranked in a tie with Florida for No. 7 in the final rankings.
No matter, though, as the scoreboard told the bigger story with Texas (10-4 overall) basically routing the Bulldogs all game long until garbage time. Not to mention, Bevo running roughshod over the Georgia mascot, Uga.
Fox College Football analyst Joel Klatt released his very-early rankings of what he thought the preseason rankings would look like and he was quite bullish on the Longhorns, putting them at No. 3 to start the season behind only Clemson (1) and Alabama (2).
My Way-to-Early Top 10 for next season
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) January 8, 2019
Texas’ Director of Recruiting, Bryan Carrington, went a step further on Twitter. A sentiment echoed by plenty of Longhorn fans as well.
— Bryan Carrington (@BCarringtonUT) January 8, 2019
Obviously, Clemson finished this season No. 1 after shellacking Alabama, which wound up No. 2, in the National Championship. Ohio State slotted in at third, with Oklahoma No. 4 and Notre Dame No. 5.
In 2018, the Longhorns had wins over No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 7 Georgia – one of just three schools with multiple wins over Top 10 teams, along with the Crimson Tide, with three such wins, and Clemson, which had two.
Hear from head coach Tom Herman, Sam Ehlinger and Charles Omenihu following the big Sugar Bowl victory below.
Video courtesy of Texas Sports