The non-conference slate is much easier than previous seasons, at least there isn’t a bizarre game against a unique and talented Maryland squad before injuries sap their roster but instead the LSU home game sandwiched between bouts with Louisiana Tech and “at Rice” in NRG which will likely hold mostly Texas fans. There’s all the potential in the world here for Texas to win the Big 12 championship and make the playoffs under one of the following three scenarios.
AUSTIN -- Texas had to show progress and give its fans hope, coach Charlie Strong said earlier this week. The Longhorns’ 42-28 win Saturday against Rice featured RS-freshman Jerrod Heard’s first collegiate start and snapped a horrific 3-game skid. But it begs the question: are we having fun yet?
AUSTIN -- Texas has a quarterback and his name is Jerrod Heard. The redshirt freshman signal-caller made his first start at UT a memorable one accounting for over 200 yards and two scores as UT beat Rice, 42-28. Welcome to the Heard Fan Club. Get a seat and have yourself a drink.
After last week's outcome in South Bend, the staff at Inside Texas is admittedly hesitant in picking UT games at this point. And for good reason. Thankfully the Rice owls enter Austin with some hungry young pups (freshmen) ready to feed. Predictions, over/unders, and upset of the week in CFB in the IT Roundtable.
The frustration of Longhorn fans after viewing the latest installment of the Leprechaun horror series can probably best be summed up as severe disappointment that this program is still so far away from measuring up to the national programs that Texas has always called peers.
Texas hasn’t done itself any favors with pre-conference scheduling over the last few years as the crucial final season for Mack and inaugural season for Strong lacked easy victories of the sort that Bill Snyder and Art Briles regularly find.