Before the year, I thought that Texas would finish 9-4 overall, 6-3 in conference, and go 3-1 against our non-conference schedule and bowl game. I believed that there was about a 35% chance we’d be in the Big 12 title game, so I didn’t factor that game in.
Despite the team fulfilling and sometimes exceeding my predictions and expectations (well, not always on defense), I’m still left with the ambivalent feeling that while Texas showed clear progress in Year 2, I wonder how much more was possible. The Big 12 title game accentuated that feeling. The game was winnable. And I don’t mean that as in “Anything can happen in a close ballgame!” I mean that as in “Maybe if we make some smarter choices within our control, this might have been the Longhorn’s day.”
Texas lost to Oklahoma in the title game by 12 points despite being tied at 27 going into the final quarter. And I don’t think conditioning had anything to do with it. Who knows what a few plays here or there or some incremental percentages in our favor might have yielded in downstream outcomes? So the focus of this postmortem won’t be on the players. @UTexasfootball has that nailed. I want to talk about game management: from the small picture to the big.
Did we leave some points in the margins last Saturday?