The Texas Longhorns enter the 2021 college football season looking to make a statement of dominance in the Big 12 conference. However, they are being disrespected by their spot in PFF's preseason college football power rankings.
The Longhorns come in ranked at No. 17, which is below one other Big 12 powerhouse program in the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas lost a lot of talent to the NFL Draft just like any other school, but the team still has the pieces in place to make a run at a College Football Playoff spot.
Texas No. 17 in PFF Power Rankings
It is no secret that Texas will have to work hard to replace starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger next season. Nonetheless, this offense still has a lot of firepower as the team's leading running back (Bijan Robinson) and wide receiver (Joshua Moore) return in 2021. Robinson was a stud last year racking up 899 yards from scrimmage and 6 touchdowns on 101 touches.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown leads a defense that ranked No. 6 in the Big 12 giving up 28.5 points per game in 2020. Overshown balled out by posting 60 tackles, 1.0 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and 7 pass breakups in 10 games played.
There is a lot of upside when it comes to this Texas squad and it'll be interesting to see what they can accomplish under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian. The Longhorns could easily end up as a top-10 team and currently have odds set at +700 to win the Big 12, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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