Texas Longhorns Football: Why A Win Over Oklahoma Would Prove Texas Is “Back”

Being a Texas Longhorn Football fan has been rough for the last few years. Once Mack Brown had been dismissed from the Longhorns, fans and alumni had to witness what seemed like worse struggles under Charlie Strong.  The Texas Longhorn football team as we knew it seemed to fall from Grace.  The Longhorns improved in most areas. But, in all honesty, there were no “huge” improvements. Texas football was said to be “back” when the University of Texas hired Charlie Strong.  They tried. He got a dent on his way.

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Since showing Strong his walking papers, the Longhorns have become a different team. And, interestingly enough, it’s been at the control of a familiar face to Texas. Tom Herman. Herman, a one-time graduate assistant at UT Austin would be given the responsibility of bringing the Longhorns back to their glory days. Texas hired him, and there were immediate tweets from alumni, coaches, and fans.  With that hire, there was also immediate talk and hopes of winning National Championships again. The reason being: Tom Herman is no stranger to Texas Longhorns football and their success.

Since being hired, the Longhorns have definitely improved. With Herman at the helm, the ‘Horns went 7-6 to finish the 2016-2017 season. Not only that, but the team would appear in the Texas Bowl and win. At that point, the Longhorns started to feel different. Even the rivalry with the Oklahoma Sooners started to feel different.  Texas would lose the showdown with OU by a score of 29-24. But the score was closer than it had been in a long time. Perhaps this meant that a win over Oklahoma would be the momentum boost for Texas to win bigger – as it used to be?

Tom Herman Restoring Texas Longhorns Football And OU Rivalry?

Last season saw the Longhorns face off against Oklahoma twice. During the first game, fans saw a change in the team yet again. What was once a team who was shaky at quarterback, well, they looked solid. Defense was also a factor. And, once again, it proved a previously mentioned point. A win over Oklahoma would boost the Longhorns. Texas would go on to face Oklahoma again – but for something bigger – the Big 12 Championship. But that’s where the luck changed. Texas would fall to Oklahoma in the end, but the war is far from over.

Fast forward to the 2019 season and both teams are sitting pretty without even having played a game yet. The Longhorns will start their 2019 season on Saturday. The Oklahoma Sooners will start their season on Sunday. Texas will play a strong opponent in Louisiana Tech, and Oklahoma will play Houston.

While writing any opponent of Texas off as an easy win would be foolish, there look to be some teams that Texas will handle easily. Texas will have to play a consistently dangerous LSU Tiger squad. In all honesty, that should be their biggest test before facing Oklahoma. However, West Virginia and Oklahoma State will also present a challenge., the question should be asked: Can Texas defeat OU? If so, will success for their season swing on that victory? In a word, YES!  Will a victory over Oklahoma determine whether or not Texas Longhorns football is “back”? Absolutely!

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Oklahoma Football Notes

Oklahoma’s defense will be under the control of new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch. Oklahoma’s defense has always been fairly stout. With the talent that this powerhouse Big 12 school has, there is no doubt that the defense will have worked out all the kinks of a new defensive scheme before the Red River Showdown.  But, they will have to face an even more confident Texas offense. Sam Ehlinger really started to show his talent last season. With the running attack of Texas, plus the awesome abilities of Collin Johnson and the receiving corps, Oklahoma’s defense stands a true test with Texas.

Flip the script, and Oklahoma will have to withstand the test of one of the (consistently) top-ranked defenses in the Big 12 – may be all of the NCAA. This game usually boils down to one thing. Who can score the most points? CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Hurts (Transfer from Alabama), and Kennedy Brooks will likely have something to say about Texas walking out with a win. However, It is possible. With Texas’ defense firing on all cylinders and stout defense of their own, Texas will have to jump on Oklahoma quick in order to win.

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