If Texas Longhorn fans are are looking for favorable stats and omens (and let’s face it, it’s late June so they probably are), we’ve found a pretty big one.

Texas football has played in two national title games in the modern era, and both of those previous Texas squads share a unique distinction with the 2019 Longhorns.

Like both previous national title teams, this year’s Texas squad is coming off a New Year’s Six bowl win.

The 2004 Longhorns pulled out a spectacular 38-37 comeback win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl when Vince Young the Longhorns would be back in Pasadena the following season for the national title game. He of course delivered on his word in one of the best single-game performances of all time a year later.

The 2008 team took out the frustrations that came with missing out on a national championship opportunity by the slimmest of margins by knocking off Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

This year’s Texas team is coming off an impressive 28-21 win over Georgia that wasn’t really as close as the score indicated through most of the contest.

Returning quarterbacks

Another thing all three of those teams have in common is a quarterback with at least two year’s worth of experience under his belt. Vince Young was entering what would turn out to be his third and final season on the 40 Acres, Colt McCoy was in the senior year of his storied Texas career and Sam Ehlinger enters his junior season, seemingly ready to break out and become one of the elite quarterbacks in the country.

This year’s CFP national title game will be played in New Orleans, just a little over a year after Sam Ehlinger declared his program to be “back” on the podium. Could he follow in a similar path to Vince Young and return to the location of his biggest win as a starter for an encore that makes the first pale in comparison?

Only time will tell, but you have to like the omens. 

YearPrevious New Years Six Bowl result Quarterback, experience Result 


38-37 Rose Bowl win over Michigan

Vince Young, Third-year starter

Won BCS National Title game


24-21 Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State

Colt McCoy, Fourth-year starter

Lost BCS National Title game 


28-21 Sugar Bowl win over Georgia 

Sam Ehlinger, Third-year starter