The stretch run of the 2017 season was important for what it meant about Texas’ bowl eligibility. Heading into the last three games of the year, Tom Herman’s Longhorns were 4-5 and hosting Kansas before heading to West Virginia and then hosting Texas Tech. Most were penciling in Kansas as a win despite the disaster that was Charlie Strong’s trip to Lawrence in 2016, and figured Texas Tech looked like the game that was going to secure the sixth win whereas West Virginia would be too tough. Instead the Longhorns beat West Virginia on the road before blowing it at home in spectacular fashion against the Red Raiders.
The hope is that Texas will enter the final quadrant of the 2018 schedule looking to lock down a trip to the Big 12 title game. Once again they have Texas Tech and Kansas standing in their way, a pair of road trips sandwiching a home date with the Iowa State Cyclones that has the potential to be the most consequential game that the Longhorn Network has ever televised. Tech appears to be a dead man walking while Kansas will likely have already fired their coach by the time Texas comes to town. Iowa State has potential to contend for the league title.