Gameplan: The front half of Texas’ 2021 schedule

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.