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ESPN Analyst Names A College Football Playoff "Sleeper" Team

Texas' mascot leading the team onto the field.

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 27: The Texas Longhorns mascot leads the team onto the field before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 27, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 52-10. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

With the 2018 college football season just weeks away at this point, predictions for the upcoming year are starting to roll in at a rapid pace.

Most people seem to be picking the same teams to make the College Football Playoff - Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington, Penn State, Oklahoma, etc.

One ESPN college football analyst named a "sleeper" team for the College Football Playoff during a TV appearance this week.

The team: Texas.

“Texas. I’m in on Texas for a couple of reasons,” he said, per 247Sports. “They lost four games last year by five points or less. Sam Ehlinger was a true freshman so he had this opportunity to get a ton of experience. Usually a year of experience will be worthy of a couple points. Every game will be worthy of a couple points and those close losses can turn into wins. He reminds me of like a young Tim Tebow in a way. Just listening to him talk, watching him play, he throws the ball a little bit better but watching him play, he reminds me of that.

“And then Todd Orlando, the defensive coordinator, is a guy that I know and he’s come out and said ‘I feel like I have the players now to play the attacking style of defense that I want.’ Texas is going to be really interesting.”

Texas had a disappointing 2017 season, going 7-6. Expectations are higher entering the 2018 season.

Will Tom Herman's squad be able to deliver?