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Longhorns Record as a Regular Season #1

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Here's a piece of trivia that will only be good to use until Saturday (I think). The first game Texas lined up as the #1 team in the nation during the regular season and the last regular season game that the Horns entered as the top team in the nation have both ended in a tie.

In 1941 Texas was the newly minted #1 when the Horns were held to a 7-7 by Baylor in Waco.
The last time Texas was number one during the regular season (1984) Texas and #2 OU played to a 15-15 tie.

Before this week we have played as the #1 team in the nation during the regular season under just three coaches -- D.X. Bible, Darrell Royal and Fred Akers. Texas has played as the nation's #1 team during the regular season 30 times and the Horns are 23-4-3 for those games which works out to an outstanding 81% winning percentage. Bible was 0-0-1. Royal was considerably better when it came to playing with the #1 tag.

From 1961 to 1970 Texas spent 22 weeks at the top of the national polls. In those 22 games Royal was an outstanding 18-3-1.

Texas played 12 of those games at home, and were 10-2 under Royal while #1 in the regular season. In 1963 Texas spent the final six games of the regular season with the #1 tag.


In 1963 after beating OU to take over #1, the Horns won 6 straight games to stay at the top. Texas won five of the six by 7 points or less.

The 1963 team went 3-0 at home and 3-0 on the road as the #1 team, winning games by 2, 4, 5, 5, 7, and 17 points.

From 1961-1970 Royal's teams were also 6-1-1 on the road and 2-0 against OU in Dallas while playing as the #1 team in the nation.

During Royal's tenure, Texas played 5 of the 22 contests against other nationally-ranked teams while at the #1 spot. All five were against Arkansas.


"While #1, Texas under Royal went 3-2 against Arkansas when the Hogs were ranked in the Top 10.

The first four games were incredibly close, with each team winning twice and all four games being settled by a total of only 9 points. The Hogs lowest ranking in the five games was at #8 in 1964 when Arkansas edged Texas 14-13 and went on to win their only National Championship.

When Fred Akers took over in 1977 Earl Campbell and Co. spent the last five regular season games at the top of the polls. Two of those wins were against Top 15 teams (#14 Texas Tech and #12 Texas A&M).


"Earl Campbell led Texas to a 5-0 mark as the Nation's Top-Ranked team during the 1977 regular season. The Horns won those games by an average score of 38-14.

The final game in that 1977 run was a 57-28 pasting of Texas A&M that sealed the Heisman Trophy for Campbell. That is the Horn's last regular season win as the Top-Ranked team in the polls.