Texas football: Longhorns floor may be lower than anyone expected

Chris Dukes

"We've got to figure out who we are," Texas head coach Tom Herman said after the team's 37-27 loss to TCU.

Texas wasn't just beat by TCU, they were handled. The Horned Frogs controlled the line of scrimmage and the clock in the fourth quarter, milking away any chance Texas had to stage a late comeback and punching in an emphatic score to seal the game with under two minutes to go.

They didn't put up the gaudy numbers we saw from Kansas a week ago, but TCU may have done something worse. They imposed their will on the Longhorn defense, turning the high-powered Texas offense into helpless spectators on the sideline during the game's most meaningful minutes.

The offense - a strength for most of the year - showed some visable cracks as well.

For the first time this year, Sam Ehlinger looked confused. He wasn't on the same page with his receivers on a night when he threw a season-high four interceptions.

"Obviously, it (TCU) is the best defense in the conference for a reason," Herman said of Gary Patterson's seanior-laden unit. 

Here Texas sits at 5-3, just one last-minute drive away from possibly being .500 with four games left in the season.

Before the season began, most Texas fans would have told you anything more than three losses would be considered a disappointment for 2019.

Three losses before the end of November is a whole other level. 

The good news for Texas? The Longhorns have a bye week with an opportunity to heal both "physical and emotional wounds" as Tom Herman put it after the game. They could come out of the week off with safeties Caden Sterns, DeMarvion Overshown and Chris Brown all back on the field along with another offensive weapon in Jordan Whittington.

The bad news for Texas? The Big 12 is suddenly looking deeper than expected and none of the games left on the slate are quite the gimmes they seemed to be a month ago.

Two weeks from now Texas squares off with a Kansas State team that just handed Oklahoma its first road loss since 2014. Texas will have to follow that up with a trip to Ames in what will likely be a cold November road test. 

After that, it's a trip to Waco to take on the first-place Bears in what's shaping up to be a major road test before finishing the season against Texas Tech. 

Sure, it's possible to see Texas rallying the troops and running the table to get back to the Big 12 Championship Game, but after the performance we've seen from this team the past three weeks, it's also possible to see the Longhorns needing a win over Texas Tech to get back to a bowl game. 

That's something that nobody expected at the beginning of the season. 

Comments (10)
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Crappie58
Crappie58

It’s the same thing every year. Because of Texas money, the media overrates them. They say they are back and other marketing b s. Truth is they never had a dominant program and yet the media treats them like they are a Alabama esq program. In spite of all the money that they throw at coaches, stadium additions, fancy video game rooms for the players, the results are always the same. Soon they will be throwing more money at another savior coach and the cycle starts all over again. Texas will never be back, because Texas was never there in the first place, unless you count a national tile every 20 to 30 years dominating. They do sell a lot of caps. It seems like every landscaper in Texas wears one.

Ct33
Ct33

Overrated every year.

FootballFreak
FootballFreak

Weeeerre baaaack,,,,to the same mediocrities ,,,,,per Herman “ we’re that close to being elite”,,,, really

FootballFreak
FootballFreak

One of the best recruiting classes in the nation year after year. Blue chippers. Top paid coaches. Start each year over rated and plummet in the rankings every season. Should have lost to Kansas, but was bailed out by the kicker no thanks to your horrible coaching. Layer an egg at TCU. What this season is proving is that Herman cannot coach. You cannot rely on the skills of your blue chip athletes to carry you. Your lack of coaching and development of these players are being exposed. Man up and own it. Stop the excuses, Herman. You’re not fooling anyone!

J Hager
J Hager

average team, what's new

Hallucino-gen-ic
Hallucino-gen-ic

Tom Herman is like Herman Munster. Frightening in his ineptitude as a coach and using a different excuse every week as yet another UT weakness is exposed. Why don’t we just tell head coaches like this blowhard that their salary is the win loss differential x $500,000. That might get them to do more than be used car salesman on the lame excuses lot. Longhorns could well have four losses now. 4 interceptions? Yeegads. Herman is not Ourman. Definitely not worth the salary. Bring back Charlie Strong and DeLoss Dodds!

j britt henry
j britt henry

Texas is overrated, they always have more talent than other Big 12 schools, except Oklahoma, and their coaches always seem to screw it up, and the other schools continue to show them up

midnighttoker
midnighttoker

UT exposed again.. always over ranked...today UT/Austin is full of whiny millenials, libtards..etc..UT football..needs a real coach..Herman is like UT..over hyped..over paid...UT whips up on the under priviledged schools like Rice UTEP, N Texas..then the LSU's and real schools play cornhole with them

ATXBill
ATXBill

The Tom Herman reality distortion field is losing its persuasion. The hype machine can’t keep up with the reality on the field. But here’s the reality: this team has been substandard...below average...and WAY below expectations of Texas since 2009. Their optimism is delusional.


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