The 2010’s have been a really bad decade thus far for Texas football. The Longhorns have gone 41-35 overall in this decade and only 27-26 in Big 12 play. Humiliating defeats against BYU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Iowa State have littered virtually every season and there hasn’t been much to excite fans other than recruiting and the hope for next season.
The 2014 Texas football season has been a bittersweet transition from ‘culture shock’ to an apparent ‘culture change’ among Longhorn players. Thursday’s season finale against No. 5 TCU will speak volumes of how far the program has progressed under first-year coach Charlie Strong, but a couple of seniors spoke candidly Monday of the seismic shift within the burnt orange football culture.
Texas coach Charlie Strong got his first big win at UT today and it took a senior effort. Here are my Five Quick Thoughts following UT's 26-16 win over No. 25 West Virginia on Saturday at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Someone asked Texas Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford about a potential bowl game this year for the Longhorns, but he didn't bite Wednesday at his weekly press availability prior to Saturday's matchup with Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Texas Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford said Adrian Colbert and Josh Turner would fill the void left by safety Jason Hall, who has been declared out of Saturday’s game against Iowa State with a patellar tendon injury.
The main story with Baylor and the most media attention will generally focus on its offense and Bryce Petty. The “counter” narrative is when people inform you that BU's running game is actually very good and important to stop.
Texas’ 23-0 blanking of Kansas was its first road shutout since it held Baylor scoreless in 2005. These days, the Horns could limit the Bears to half their NCAA-leading 56.8 points-per-game and still not cover the spread.