Horns Down: What’s next for the Texas Longhorns?

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This was it. It was supposed to be the year that the Texas Longhorns returned to glory and make it into the College Football Playoff. Even with LSU on the schedule, the Longhorns were ready. Then, they received a wake-up call courtesy of the Tigers. Everything came crashing down quickly, and their hopes for a playoff bid shrunk. But is all lost? Texas might be down for the count now, but they still have hope for the postseason.

A Texas Longhorns rebound

Since they’re in a Power 5 conference, Texas isn’t out of the running for the playoff. Granted, their chances went down significantly, but they haven’t hit zero. If anything, it becomes easier for them. They must win out.

Texas Longhorns remaining schedule:

RICE
OKLAHOMA STATE
at West Virginia
OKLAHOMA
KANSAS
at TCU
KANSAS STATE
at Iowa State
at Baylor
TEXAS TECH

As of right now (which we can’t overreact too much), the Longhorns don’t have many obvious challengers in the conference. Oklahoma is the top dog in the conference, but the Texas Longhorns are penciled in as the second best team. Winning out means not only beating Oklahoma (something they did in the regular season last year), but winning the Big 12 Championship (against Oklahoma most likely- a game they lost last year). So, before anyone starts freaking out, relax. It won’t be easy, but there are pieces in place to make it happen.

In Sam Ehlinger they trust

Texas should have little if any worries about their offense. Sam Ehlinger absolutely dominated Saturday night against a great SEC defense. The Longhorns quarterback produced 461 yards (401 passing, 60 rushing) and five total touchdowns against LSU. It was his best performance of his career, and it only gets better from here.

Ehlinger’s running abilities are well documented, and his success always hinged on his passing. In his third year as the Texas quarterback, Ehlinger’s off to a phenomenal start. It’s only two games, but if he keeps this pace, he’ll arguably be the best quarterback in Texas Longhorns history. There’s talent surrounding him to help him when he struggles, but Ehlinger gives his team a chance to win every week. If you only need one thing to hang your hat on as a Longhorns fan, it’s that you have Sam Ehlinger running the show this year (and maybe even the next).

One loss doesn’t determine the season, but it can put a dent in one. Texas came up short in a Top 10 matchup, but the loss doesn’t end their season. They have the talent to win in big games, and they have the right guy at quarterback to lead them to the playoff. There’s just less room for error now.

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