All things considered, the Longhorns will likely find themselves in the No. 15 slot when the poll comes out Saturday.
There were certainly be some changes with where teams like LSU and OU sit, but it will not make an impact on Texas' national standing. West Virginia will not move much in these rankings either, so Texas will be ranked as the third-best team in the conference based on its strengths on defense and in the running game.
Based on that alone, I do not see 15 teams that should be ranked higher than the Longhorns.
You will see a lot of prediction polls that rank Texas as low as the bottom five and as the fifth- or even sixth-best team in the Big 12, but that is ridiculous. TCU is not going to get a warm welcome in this deep conference, Oklahoma State is starting a freshman at quarterback without Justin Blackmon to make him look good and Kansas State will not be as fortunate in close games as they were last season.
And to be honest, West Virginia and Oklahoma are not exactly locks to be better than Texas this season either.
If Texas had named its starting quarterback a week or more ago, I would say this team could come out as high as No. 12. But in the absence of a starting quarterback, Texas should be ranked as the third-best team in the Big 12 and will not overtake any of the over-ranked teams like Michigan or South Carolina until they win some games.
I put this team as No. 15 right now, but I still believe this team has serious top-10 potential. Only time will tell.