AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas coach Mack Brown often says the only ranking that matters is the BCS.
He’s right of course.
The only problem is Texas is at the bottom of those rankings. Texas (4-2, 1-2), after back-to-back loses, is No. 25 in the first standings released Sunday night.
Texas is currently not ranked in the AP or USA Today poll. That is a quick turnaround for a program that was No. 11 the day after it beat Oklahoma State, 41-36, three games ago. But the 48-45 loss to West Virginia dinged Texas slightly in the eyes of voters, who subsequently moved Texas to No. 15. Then the 42-point loss to OU exposed Texas as an over-hyped team.
While Texas is at the bottom of the BCS, it does still have a chance to climb. The Longhorns have four more games against current BCS top 25 teams -– No. 24 Iowa State, at No. 17 Texas Tech, against No. 23 TCU and at No. 4 Kansas State. Win those and Texas makes it back into the top 25. The Longhorns might not climb far enough to be a topic of discussion. But at least the Longhorns could be a team of some distinction.
Of course a loss to any of those four teams undoubtedly would put a cloud on Texas’ chances to finish inside the BCS top 25. Likewise a loss to either of the other two teams remaining -- Baylor or Kansas -- also would dampen significantly any chance this team has to be a part of the BCS top 25.