Following Texas’ loss to Oklahoma, Longhorns head coach Tom Herman identified four specific problem areas he wanted to address before playing Baylor: rushing offense, rushing defense, red zone defense, and beating man coverage. In the Longhorns’ 27-16 win over the Bears, his team made progress not only in the areas he identified, but in other areas as well.
Vegas’ opening line for the upcoming Baylor game was Texas -10.5. It has since moved to Texas -8.5, perhaps due to a complete collapse of faith in betting Longhorn fans that their head coach has any real control over the direction of the program. When the athletic director is meeting with the players and giving them clear expectations for what’s expected of them after games and it contrasts with public statements made by the head coach days prior, that’s a sign the head coach is essentially a lame duck.
The Baylor Bear program has been racked by COVID issues - 42 players have tested positive so far - and that fact paired with (overly) aggressive contract tracing protocols, has forced them to cancel 3 of their 5 games this season. Those players appear to all be fine now and it looks like it's starting to come together in Waco.
After an 11-3 season which included appearances in the Big 12 Championship and Sugar Bowl, Matt Rhule left Baylor in order to become the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. That wasn’t the only major loss from the 2019 Bears as nine defensive starters from BU’s matchup with Texas either graduated or left for the NFL.
Back in the early 2000s Texas teams all followed a very similar pattern for the season. They’d lose to Oklahoma in October and drop one other game either in the non-conference or toward the end of the year that would invariably be the difference between having a Big 12 title/BCS season or not. The three-game stretch following the Oklahoma game could always be counted on to supply a three-game winning streak as the Longhorns adjusted to whatever deficiencies Bob Stoops had made apparent for them.