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After going 10-4 and making the Big 12 championship game as well as posting a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia in 2018 the Texas Longhorns slipped back to a disappointing 8-5 straight up and 7-6 against the spread record last year. While the season ended on a bright note with a 38-10 Alamo Bowl win over Utah it was not what was expected. Tom Herman’s third year as head coach of Texas failed to capitalize on the momentum of 2018. Defense was the downfall of the 2019 Longhorns as they ranked 108th overall in the nation and 74th for points allowed. This wasted a strong season by an offense that ranked 15th overall and 18th for scoring. Texas finished third behind Oklahoma and Baylor in the Big 12 standings.

2020 Texas Longhorns at a Glance

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Tom Herman arrived with great fanfare at Austin after leading the Houston Cougars to records of 13-1 in 2015 and 9-3 in 2016. Known as a dynamic young offensive mind and recruiting machine he has taken longer than expected in getting Texas turned around. Herman is a member of Mensa International which is for folks with high IQ scores. He has also shown himself to be emotionally erratic and prone to tears and outbursts at times. His whining about Oklahoma fans making “Horns Down” gestures was particularly petulant.

Since making the national championship game in the 2009 season which was lost to Alabama, Texas has declined rapidly from being a national power. As a matter of fact, the Longhorns have only one 10-win season since that campaign. Texas has been the bell cow of the Big 12 Conference and many believe that their sense of entitlement and arrogance has made them soft. In particular the Longhorns have failed to field physical teams and reliable defenses. Their finesse game has not translated into consistent success. Further, the Big 12 conference is not as strong as it was in the Mack Brown glory years which adds to the frustration of fans and gamblers.

2020 Texas Longhorns Schedule

Week 1: Saturday, September 5, USF Bulls

Week 2: Saturday, September 12, at LSU Tigers

Week 3: Saturday, September 19, UTEP Miners

Week 4: Bye Week

Week 5: Saturday, October 3, at Kansas State Wildcats

Week 6: Saturday, October 10, Oklahoma Sooners (Dallas, TX)

Week 7: Saturday, October 17, West Virginia Mountaineers

Week 8: Saturday, October 24, at Texas Tech Red Raiders

Week 9: Saturday, October 31, Baylor Bears

Week 10: Saturday, November 7, at Kansas Jayhawks

Week 11: Saturday, November 14, TCU Horned Frogs

Week 12: Saturday, November 21, Iowa State Cyclones

Week 13: Friday, November 27, at Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Herman has hired seven new assistant coaches for 2020 including offensive coordinator Mike Yurich and defensive coordinator Chris Ash, the former head coach of Rutgers. Yurich was well known for developing the dynamic Oklahoma State offense of 2013 through 2018 before he served as Ohio State’s passing game coordinator for 2019. Ash and Herman go back to their days as assistant coaches under Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

Texas returns nine starters to their offense led by senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The defense returns a total of nine starters. All of which adds up to high expectations of another berth in the Big 12 championship game at the very least. Herman himself says that with his past recruiting classes, including a 10th in the nation ranked class for 2019, Texas should have a season in which everything finally comes together.

Yurich has had the magic touch for every offense that he has been a part of. Ehlinger is coming off a career season with a 151.8 quarterback rating, 3663 yards passing, and a 32/10 touchdown to interception ratio. He also ran for 663 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019.

It might be a stretch to call the 2020 season a make or break campaign for Herman’s program but it is certainly a credibility test. The “tea sipper” culture of Texas is yet to be vanquished. If ever there was that opportunity it is now.

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