Postseason play is always valuable for offering a sense of what the highest level of football looks like in a given year. Texas obviously gave LSU a game earlier this season but it was interesting to watch the Clemson vs LSU finale, which was in some ways an extension of the battle between Ed Orgeron’s new look Tiger offense and Todd Orlando’s sub-packages. There’s a picture emerging of what a modern, National Championship team looks like that you can pretty easily use as a barometer for the Longhorns.
Tom Herman’s biggest decision this offseason was deciding what steps to take on offense. Was he going to overhaul the approach with a hire like Graham Harrell? Tweak things with another power-spread assistant such as Rhett Lashlee? He basically split the difference between those two options when he poached Mike Yurcich from Ohio State.
Several key steps remain for Texas before it can call itself a national contender. Before thoughts of making the College Football Playoff are entertained, Tom Herman’s program must first win the Big 12. Before that can take place, simply beating scrappy teams on the cusp of bowl eligibility must consistently happen.