The Texas Longhorns are standing at 2-4, but after a big win over OU, they have some momentum that could help their season improve.
The Texas Longhorns were able to leave their mark on the Big 12 after a huge win over OU just over a week ago. Before they were able to win the game, there were a lot of questions surrounding the team. However, with a win over a legitimate football team, Texas can move on to bigger and better things and attempt to make something out of the once-lost season.
If the Longhorns had not suffered heartbreaking losses to California and Oklahoma St., they could be 4-2, but the consequences of having young pieces is that they might make mistakes. At 2-4, they are long-shots to make a bowl game. They are going to have to really impress if they want to make a bowl game this year, and with games against Texas Tech and Baylor remaining, that might be hard.
All is not lost for the team though. Between now and the end of the season, when they face those two teams, they will play home games against Kansas St. and Kansas and away games against Iowa St. and West Virginia. Though some of these teams have looked good at times, they are no different than Texas in terms of record and team strength.
That four game stretch is going to be critical for Texas’ season. With a few weak opponents, they will need to gain some confidence and prove that beating OU was not just a fluke. If they could somehow go 3-1 in the stretch, they would be .500 going into the last two weeks of the season, and that would be a major accomplishment.
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Coming out of the bye week, the Horns will need to focus on the things that helped them beat OU — A dynamic offense that utilized the strengths of Jerrod Heard and Tyrone Swoopes. The defense was one of the biggest factors in the game as freshman Malik Jefferson further proved that he has one of the brightest futures in college football today.
Last but not least, they made big plays when they had the chance to, instead of wasting good opportunities like they did against Cal. If they can continue to build upon the facets of their game that they do best, they will be able to improve and make something out of a season that once looked lost.
Charlie Strong, though his win in the Red River Rivalry should secure his job, will need to finish strong so he can keep Texas fans and more importantly, recruitments, on his side. This is a difficult task when your team just isn’t very good.
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Throughout the remainder of the season, it will be interesting to see how the Horns react to their big win. Will they come out fighting with soaring confidence or will they get a little too comfortable? The answer will be revealed in the next few weeks, but one thing is for sure: All is not lost yet and there’s still a chance for the premier college of Texas to rise up.