After Texas plays LSU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma over the course of six weeks, which could be the three toughest games they play all year, things really slow down for the Longhorns. The next three games include a home date with Kansas the week after the Red River Shootout, a road trip to the Fort to play TCU, and then back to Austin to host Kansas State.
AUSTIN, Tx — In its last two home games, Texas went into halftime against ranked opponents in a close game where the second half would determine the outcome. And on both occasions, UT (3-1, 1-0) earned decisive victories, only this time it opened Big 12 play and ended a four-game skid against the TCU Horned Frogs.
Coming off a big win over No. 22 USC last Saturday, Texas takes on a more formidable foe in the Frogs from Fort Worth. No. 17 TCU comes to Austin to open Big 12 play vs the Longhorns. We've got game previews, team news, injury reports, and the recruiting visitor list. It's Gameday, y'all.
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.
With the upcoming series with TCU carrying huge implications for both teams, this one is worth a preview. Melissa Triebwasser of Frogs O' War was kind enough to exchange previews as Texas fights for a regional and TCU fights for its postseason life.
With injuries and other issues plaguing the Texas offense and the stellar play of the Texas defense, the biggest question for head coach Tom Herman and his Longhorns was how the offense would be able to keep up with No. 8 TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. TCU and Gary Patterson easily took care of that question, limiting Texas to just one short scoring drive that came as a result of two 6-foot-5 players coming down with 50/50 balls over shorter corners. TCU scored three times in the first half and once more late in the game to neutralize a strong effort from the Texas defense, winning 24-7.
The TCU and Kansas State games are essentially the key tests for how close Tom Herman is to realizing his vision for the program. You want to play great defense and be the most physical team on the field every week? That's great, but that's what these programs are all about as well and you're not going to beat them at their own game on accident.