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Video: Schlabach's way-too-early top five

1/10/2012



ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach has his way-too-early Top 25 rankings.

Texas checks in at No. 21. Here's what he had to say about the Longhorns:

21. Texas Longhorns

After a head-scratching 5-7 finish in 2010, the Longhorns made improvement this past season, finishing 8-5 and defeating California 21-10 in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl. While the defense made big strides under first-year coordinator Manny Diaz, the UT offense continued to sputter because of poor quarterback play. David Ash will have the edge entering spring practice, but he'll continue to be pushed by Case McCoy. The running game should be better if tailbacks Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron can stay healthy, and incoming freshman Johnathan Gray might provide immediate help. The Horns will have to replace linebackers Keenan Robinson and Emmanuel Acho, as well as defensive tackle Kheeston Randall. Texas' Big 12 schedule isn't finalized, but it will play nonconference games against Wyoming (home), New Mexico (home) and Ole Miss (road).