SportsDay’s panel of college bloggers voted to decide who the best team in Texas is heading into the 2018 season. The top team in their ballots receivers 12 points, second receives 11 and so on.
Here’s a look at our offseason Best in Texas poll.
Those voting in the poll: Adam Grosbard, Reece Graham, Matthew Berger, Spenser Davis, Alex Miller, Matthew Cardenas, Michael Shapiro and Brett Vito.
First-place votes in parenthesis
|1. TCU (6)||94|
|2. Texas (1)||83|
|3. Texas A&M||76|
|4. Houston (1)||74|
|5. Texas Tech||64|
|7. North Texas||45|
|10. Texas State||23|
1. TCU (6 first-place votes, 11-3 record in 2017)
The losses of leading tackler Travin Howard and star cornerback Ranthony Texada are notable, but more than manageable given the Frogs’ stockpile of talent. Defensive end Ben Banogu is a projected first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Names like Ty Summers, Arico Evans and Northern Illinois graduate transfer Jawuan Johnson give TCU the best linebacker trio in the Big 12. — Reece Graham
2. Texas (1 first-place vote, 7-6)
The burnt orange will rely heavily on its defense in 2018 after allowing just over 21 points per game last season. Look for defensive coordinator Todd Orlando to continue employing his exotic blitzing scheme, spearheaded by edge rusher Breckyn Hager. — Michael Shapiro
3. Texas A&M (7-6)
The defense is finally coming around for the Aggies at all three levels. A&M returns the SEC’s sack leader, has depth at DT, experience at linebacker and a rotation in the secondary. — Alex Miller
4. Houston (1 first-place vote, 7-5)
The Cougars will bring back seven defensive starters this season, but all eyes will be on defensive lineman Ed Oliver, who is in play to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft if he opts to skip his senior year. — SportsDayDFW