Texas Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
The Longhorns had to scratch an claw just to be bowl eligible last season, and now they’re worse.
There’s enough talent to be good enough – especially on defense – but will the quarterback play suddenly become magical? Probably not.
The running game will be better and the line will be solid, but this isn’t a team built to thrive in shootouts.
Losing superstar punter Michael Dickson matters, and not having DeShon Elliott and Holton Hill in the secondary is a big deal.
The biggest issue, though, is a schedule that wouldn’t be too much of an issue if everything was humming, but could sneak up on the Longhorns in a rough start.
They’ll go bowling again, but this is about when the Big 12 Championship is supposed to be a part of the discussion, and it’s not going to be.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 8.5
Be really, really, really afraid of the opener against Maryland – again.
They’ll be good enough to win two of the three key early games against Maryland, USC and TCU, but they’ll drop the road game at Kansas State before the Oklahoma showdown.
This will be the type of Texas team that can beat the Sooners one week, and sputter against Baylor the week after or against Texas Tech on a strange mid-November day.
Going on the road to face Oklahoma State and Texas Tech is a problem, but at least they get West Virginia and Iowa State at home.
This should be a seven-win team, more likely eight before the bowl game. There might be baby steps, but at least it’ll be a little bit of an improvement.