Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian rounded out the regular season on a high note on Black Friday with a second consecutive win by double digits. Texas beat head coach Dave Aranda and the Baylor Bears at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Nov. 25 by the final score of 38-27.
Sark and the Longhorns also got a dominant win over the Kansas Jayhawks on the road in Lawrence by a score of 55-14, which was the first of the two consecutive victories to close out the regular season.
These two straight victories contributed to the Longhorns finishing up the regular season with a mark of 8-4 (6-3 Big 12). Texas already has three more wins under its belt through the end of the regular season than it did all of last year.
Sark and his staff now have a shot to reach the nine-win mark, which would nearly double the win total that the Longhorns posted last season.
So, where does Texas fall in the latest rankings coming out of the Week 13 win over Baylor?
Where Steve Sarkisian and Texas football landed in the post-finale ESPN FPI?
According to the post-Week 13 ESPN Football Power Index, Texas sits at No. 6. That is actually down one spot from where Texas fell in the ESPN FPI coming out of Week 12.
Texas was knocked out of the top five in this week’s ESPN FPI by the Tennessee Volunteers, who rose one spot after a dominant 56-point win over its in-state rival Vanderbilt.
Yet, Texas remains the highest-ranked Big 12 team in this week’s FPI, which is a trend that held true for essentially the entire regular season.
The FPI was pretty much unrealistically high on Texas for the last few seasons, though, so this trend is nothing new.
Moreover, it is nice to see Texas finish up the regular season with the No. 21 ranking in the AP Poll. In fact, Texas slid up three spots in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll to rank No. 21 heading into the postseason.
It will also be interesting to see where the Longhorns wind up in the final College Football Playoff rankings this week. Texas was No. 23 in the last week’s CFP rankings.
Sark and the Longhorns will now await their postseason fate as there are still a couple of different bowl game possibilities. The likeliest scenario for the postseason for the Longhorns is a bid for the Alamo Bowl against one of the better teams out of the PAC-12.