Steve Sarkisian inherited a tough schedule for the start of his tenure as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Much like Tom Herman, who drew the innocuous challenge of playing Maryland, Sarkisian has a pair of “trap” games to welcome him to the gig. Then the Big 12 slate hits him hard early with a road trip against Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs, bane of the Longhorn existence in the Big 12, the week before the season-defining Red River Shootout against an Oklahoma team with National Championship aspirations.
Defenses around the league have found ways to keep offenses in front of them, such as with Iowa State’s three-safety scheme, or with Oklahoma and their aggressive defensive front. Dave Aranda hired Jeff Grimes from BYU to install the modernized, wide zone offense the Cougars rode to a strong season in 2020 in Waco.
Everyone knows what's coming from Texas this next season. As soon as Steve Sarkisian and his staff were hired, there were infographics going up on Twitter about how Sark likes to feature a bell cow running back and after the end of the 2020 season, there was no question who he might have in mind for the role: Bijan Robinson.
Big 12 Media Days gets underway today at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Commissioner Bob Bowlsby kicks things off at 9 a.m. with his long speech where NIL, the expanded playoff, and the future of the Big 12 will likely be major topics. Coaches hit the stage at 10:30 a.m., starting with Matt Campbell, then Gary Patterson, Neal Brown, Chris Klieman, and Lincoln Riley.