It’s the middle of the offseason, but college football will be back before long.

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.

Rankings

First-place votes in parenthesis

Rank, school Points
1. TCU (6) 94
2. Texas (1) 83
3. Texas A&M 76
4. Houston (1) 74
5. Texas Tech 64
6. Baylor 52
7. North Texas 45
8. SMU 44
9. UTSA 39
10. Texas State 23
11. Rice 19
12. UTEP 11

1. TCU (6 first-place votes, 11-3 record in 2017)

TCU defensive end Ben Banogu (15) pressures West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) in the fourth quarter during the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Saturday, October 7, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

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TCU defensive end Ben Banogu (15) pressures West Virginia quarterback Will Grier (7) in the fourth quarter during the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on Saturday, October 7, 2017. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

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)

Texas linebacker Breckyn Hager wears the No. 60 to honor late Longhorns great Tommy Nobis during the first quarter of the Texas Bowl against Missouri on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Houston. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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Texas linebacker Breckyn Hager wears the No. 60 to honor late Longhorns great Tommy Nobis during the first quarter of the Texas Bowl against Missouri on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, in Houston. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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)

Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen (8) is sacked by Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Otaro Alaka (42) and defensive lineman Landis Durham (46, right) during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Saturday, September 23 2017. The Aggies won in overtime, 50-43. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

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Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen (8) is sacked by Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Otaro Alaka (42) and defensive lineman Landis Durham (46, right) during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Saturday, September 23 2017. The Aggies won in overtime, 50-43. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

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)

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23: Justin Stockton #4 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders rushes against Ed Oliver #10 and the Houston Cougars defense in the fourth quarter at TDECU Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Texas Tech Red Raiders won 27 to 24. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 23: Justin Stockton #4 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders rushes against Ed Oliver #10 and the Houston Cougars defense in the fourth quarter at TDECU Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Texas Tech Red Raiders won 27 to 24. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

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

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