- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
Texas, which as it always seemingly is when it comes to all things but standings these last couple of years, is near the top of ESPN’s power rankings. The Longhorns aren’t quite Alabama, which sits at No. 1. But given where Texas has been since it lost to Alabama in the 2009 BCS title game, No. 12 in the rankings is respectable and could give rise to more expectations. But to get 13 wins, at least if ascribing to the merits of the power rankings, Texas will have to play above its standing, something it has not done for several seasons.