There was a time when the Texas Longhorns were on the cutting edge of blending pro-style schemes with spread formations and tactics. The 2005 and 2009 runs at the National Championship were both powered by offensive systems designed to allow Vince Young and Colt McCoy to dominate games by operating in space.
It was a little bit difficult to enjoy Texas’ 55-23 thrashing of a bad Colorado team in the Alamo Bowl. It would have been harder for the Longhorns to draw an easier matchup than a team from a league that barely put together a season and who barely even played anyone from said league. No disrespect to Colorado, who honorably made the most they could of their season, but if you thought the 11-2, 2019 Utah Utes or the 9-3, 2012 Oregon State Beavers were a bit overmatched athletically…
Colorado wasn't a great team this season. The Pac-12 is really approaching a sad state of affairs these days. Last year's 10-win league runner-up was squashed by Texas. This year's 5-1 Colorado drew a Texas putting three new starters on the offensive line and still got smoked. Make no mistake, Colorado was quite bad this year despite their relative success in the Pac-12. Texas handled them like a Longhorn squad should handle an opponent of this caliber by burying them 55-23.
In the last Scoop, everyone got to hear the names of some targets Texas will be investigating in the pursuit of replacing Tom Herman. Most of the names were already established or obvious with one significant addition, the “scenario 3.5” in which Texas hires a splashy coach with a major resume but nothing quite so magnificent as Urban Meyer’s three National Championship rings.
Texas has come a ways since the Charlie Strong era. The already struggling roster was quickly gutted with suspensions and transfers, and some considerable Mack Brown mistakes were compounded by Strong’s initial choices with offensive staffing. However, thanks to Strong's eye for talent and some of the recruiting and development by later add-ons such as Jeff Traylor, Jay Norvell, and Matt Mattox, Texas was able to rebuild the infrastructure of the roster.