Texas football has climbed up in the all-time win rankings without having even played a game in 2018.
The NCAA denied Notre Dame’s appeal of a decision that forces the Fighting Irish to vacate 21 wins due to academic misconduct within the program on Tuesday.
The ruling, consequently, bumped the Longhorns up to a tie for No. 2 in all-time wins in college football, sitting alongside Ohio State with 898 wins apiece. Michigan remained No. 1 at 943 wins all-time.
The 21 wins vacated by Notre Dame include all 12 of the team’s triumphs during its BCS National Championship run during the 2012 season. Alabama defeated the Fighting Irish in the title game, 42-14.
Texas has faced Notre Dame twice within the past three seasons. The Fighting Irish defeated the Longhorns, 38-3, during the 2015 meeting in South Bend, Ind. Texas responded with a wild 50-47 overtime win when the teams faced each other in Austin during Week 1 of the 2016 season.
But in the grand scheme of it all, Texas now leads Notre Dame.
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