The AP Top 25 preseason poll was released on Monday and people are wasting no time sharing their thoughts. Enter Danny Kanell.
The college football analyst shared his thoughts on the preseason rankings during an appearance on CBS Sports HQ and believes that one team is vastly underrated.
According to Kanell, the Texas Longhorns are a team to watch out for and could be in prime position to rise from their No. 21 preseason ranking with plenty of talent left over from the Tom Herman era.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) August 16, 2021
“Now I am bullish on the Texas Longhorns,” Kanell said. “The season last year they only lost three games and all of them by one possession and they were tight losses. Now they squeaked out a couple ugly wins, too, to counter that. But I feel like Steve Sarkisian is inheriting a great situation. I think Tom Herman left the cupboard pretty full. Now he’s gotta develop that talent. The offense, you almost don’t have to worry about with Sark. They already were pretty prolific last year with Sam Ehlinger. Whoever wins the quarterback battle will have one of the best running backs in the country in Bijan Robinson.
“But Pete Kwiatkowski, the defensive coordinator they went with, I think you will see improvement on the defensive side of the ball. I would put them at least three or four spots higher in this one. Although you know those other Big 12 teams are gonna put a bullseye on Texas’ back because of that exit to the SEC, which is probably coming sooner rather than later.”
Whether the team plays up to its potential remains to be seen.
The Longhorns open up their 2021 campaign on Saturday, September 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette.