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Who will be 2017’s best college football team in Texas?

May 31, 2017 04:41 PM

For fans of the Texas Longhorns who anticipate a quick rise to the top of the college football heap in the Lone Star State under first-year coach Tom Herman, a Wednesday projection of 2017 win totals by Bovada Sports Book offered a blend of good and bad news.

Texas, a 5-7 team last season, received the highest projected win total among four teams from the state that received projections. But the 7.5 mark assigned to the Longhorns, while higher than the projected win totals for TCU (7), Texas A&M (7) or Texas Tech (5.5), remains well below the totals given three of the Longhorns’ opponents this season: Oklahoma (9.5), Southern California (9.5) and Kansas State (8). In the last three seasons under former coach Charlie Strong, Texas finished 16-21 with no winning records.

A total of 43 FBS schools received projections Wednesday, with a site administrator explaining that several schools (including Baylor and Notre Dame) have yet to receive a projection because of key injury/player question marks. Oklahoma State, a likely contender with Oklahoma for this year’s Big 12 title, did not receive a projection, either.

Nationally, the top projected win totals went to Alabama (10.5), Ohio State (10.5) and Washington (10). Below is a sampling of Wednesday’s projections, including the four involving Texas-based schools and others of regional and national interest: Texas (7.5), Texas A&M (7), TCU (7), Texas Tech (5.5), Kansas State (8), Oklahoma (9.5) USC (9.5), Alabama (10.5), Ohio State (10.5), Washington (10), Clemson (9), Penn State (9.5), Florida State (9.5), Michigan (9), Miami (9), LSU (9), Auburn (8), Florida (8), Georgia (8), Arkansas (7) and Mississippi State (5.5).

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