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Texas Longhorns Reach First College Football Playoff as No. 3 Seed

Texas Jaylan Ford (41) celebrates following the Big 12 Football Championship game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023.

The Texas Longhorns are headed to their first College Football Playoff after being selected as the No. 3 seed by the Playoff committee on Sunday afternoon.

Texas is fresh off a 49-21 Big 12 Championship win over Oklahoma State. The Longhorns held OSU star Ollie Gordon to just 34 rushing yards in the dominant victory. Meanwhile, QB Quinn Ewers smashed Sam Bradford’s record for passing yards in a Big 12 title game with 452 yards and four scores on the afternoon.

Texas went 12-1 this season with wins over four teams ranked in the AP Top 25. Sarkisian’s group earned a signature win on the road in Week 2 against his former team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, 34-24. The Longhorns also took down No. 24 Kansas, No. 23 Kansas State, and No. 18 Oklahoma State en route to competing for their first National Championship since 2009.


In the College Football Playoff, they will face No. 2 Washington (13-0), who is fresh off a Pac-12 Championship win against Oregon. The Longhorns and Huskies, who faced off in the Alamo Bowl last season, will matchup in the Allstate Sugar Bowl for a spot in the national championship on the line.

The Longhorns 2023 season is the program’s best season since 2009 when the team squared off with Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game. Mack Brown’s Longhorns finished the season off with a perfect 13-0 record and eagerly awaited Nick Saban’s Alabama squad which sported the same 13-0 record. While the Longhorns put up a good fight, Mark Ingram and Marcell Dareus showed up a big way for the Crimson Tide and led Saban’s team to a 37-21 win over Texas.

The Sugar Bowl will kickoff at 7:45 p.m. CT on January 1 on ESPN.

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