After the bludgeoning that Texas received at the hands of Notre Dame on Saturday night, we have to wonder, does this Longhorn team have what it takes to get to a bowl game?
The next seven games for the Horns come against quality opponents who can score in bunches. That’s concerning two reasons: 1) Texas’ offense compiled a total of 163 yards on 52 plays which is the absolute worst total offense in FBS. As bad as that is, it doesn’t tell the whole story. If you remove just one play, QB Tyrone Swoopes’ 48 yard pass to John Burt, the Longhorns offense averaged only 2.25 yards per play. 2) Texas’ defense was nearly as bad. They rank 107th out of 122 FBS teams. That could have something to do with the longhorn’s inability to pick up a first down though.
Looking at the schedule Texas’ opportunities to win before Halloween are scarce with games against Rice, Cal, Oklahoma State, TCU, Oklahoma, and Kansas State between now and then. Based on what we’ve seen so far, their best opportunities to win are this weekend against Rice, and when a shaky Cowboy team comes to Austin.
A win against anyone else looks unlikely at this point. Cal put up 73 points in their opener, and TCU, Oklahoma, and Kansas State put up solid performances in week 1.
The Longhorns could be staring at 2-5 or worse with just five games left on the schedule after that. Oh, and those final three games are against West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Baylor. All of which would be favored in the match up.
Charlie Strong is taking action to get things turned around, and you have to think that Texas can’t be this terrible for long. The question is though, does he have the players on campus to find an answer?
So we ask you…
BANG or BUST? Texas Will Go To A Bowl Game This Year