As the saying goes, “Don't mess with Texas.”
Well, here's hoping Texans are in a forgiving mood, because they're about to get messed with just a little.
Find any other team from 2010 than went 5-7 and point out where they are on the Top 25.
In fact, point out any other team that didn't make a bowl game.
You can't. Texas is the only one on the list.
Why? Because it's Texas.
Under Mack Brown, no one can dispute that Texas has been a powerhouse. Granted, they've had tremendous trouble winning their own conference, but their record is impressive, winning 10 or more games every year since 2001.
Then along came 2010, and the Longhorns laid egg after egg after egg.
The season started out well enough, with three straight wins. A Week 4 loss to UCLA spelled trouble going into the annual rivalry game with Oklahoma, and Texas lost that one, too.
After dispatching Nebraska, many people thought Texas was back on track and could salvage what was left of their season. They couldn't.
Texas lost every Big 12 game remaining on their schedule. In fact, their only win came against Florida Atlantic.
For 2011, there's not too terribly much that will change for Texas. Many of the same players that gave coaches fits will be back this season.
So why are they ranked?
Texas fans will tell you that there's new coaching staff in place. They'll tell you that the players are more experienced and more mature. They'll tell you that 2010 was a fluke. They'll tell you absolutely everything and anything imaginable to explain away 2010.
But when a team returns most of the skill position players from a 5-7 squad, there's no reason that team should be ranked in the next season's preseason poll—unless their name is Texas.