3. Q: No, really … is Texas back?
Back? As what?
How are we all defining “back”?
If being back means being relevant and interesting, yeah. Of course. Tom Herman has done a wonderful job of taking what Charlie Strong rebuilt and made it all stronger, with the program’s first ten-win season since losing the BCS Championship to Alabama in the 2009 campaign.
By back, does that mean at a Big 12 championship level? Yeah, of course. The Longhorns played in the title game last season and is one of the favorites to win it this year. It’s back as one of the top two teams in the Big 12.
Actually, it’s more like the expectations are realistically back to being one of the top two teams in the Big 12.
By back, does that mean Texas is at the level Mack Brown got the program two when it was rocking and rolling in the 2000s?
Nope. Not yet.
The needle is absolutely pointing up, and there’s a whole lot to love about what Herman is putting together, but when Texas was amazing, it rolled out of bed and won ten games, winning ten or more in every season from 2001 to 2009.
Or, by back, does that mean Texas is returning to the days when it was supposed to be national title-good, and kept falling short of true greatness up until Mr. Young went off in 2005?
No, it’s not quite there yet, either.
Remember, Texas has just one national championship since 1970. So maybe being “back” isn’t necessarily what Texas fans really want or need.
Try this … is Texas moving forward? Yeah, absolutely.