After Texas’ “gauntlet” stretch where they face TCU, K-State on the road, and then OU in Dallas without a break, comes a much more favorable stretch.
They draw Baylor in Austin, a bye week, and then they face Oklahoma State on the road and West Virginia back in Austin. This is the obvious point on the schedule for Texas to rest and recuperate and for Todd Orlando to figure out what his best combinations of players and tactics are for handling Mike Gundy, Dana Holgorsen, and the back half of the schedule.
That bye week will likely be huge on the recovery front as Texas is going to struggle to get through USC and the gauntlet without any injuries. It also be very important for the coaching staff as they aim to position the team to rack up wins against a friendlier scheduling draw in the cold weather months.
These three teams, as you’ll see, are mostly notable for having a few impressive offense features but also a lot of fatal flaws that probably preclude them from serious B12 contention.