Texas Longhorns College Football Betting
Tom Herman has survived. At least for now. There will be no “Urban Renewal.” Herman remains head coach of the Texas Longhorns after twisting in the wind for a couple of weeks for all to see. Big money donors at Texas have long since tired of Herman. And some of them went rogue, reaching out to Meyer. In many ways, it was an amateur hour production. Had these folks done some serious homework they would have discovered that Meyer’s health issues are indeed a real serious obstacle. And why he had to retire from Ohio State. Athletic director Chris Del Conte works for the donors as much or more than the university. So he dutifully sounded out Meyer. In turn, Meyer turned him down publicly. Del Conte was likely aware this would be the outcome. But it’s his job to embarrass himself for rich donors on occasion. Now comes the hard part. To try and make it work with Herman after publicly flirting with and getting turned down by what Texas wanted all along. A lot of damage was done to Texas during that process. It added to problems that already existed. In essence, Texas will attempt a rebuild within a rebuild.
Texas Longhorns Weekly Odds
Texas Longhorns -13
Colorado Buffaloes +13
Texas Longhorns Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, December 29, 2020, the Texas Longhorns will face the Colorado Buffaloes in the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
Colorado had a surprisingly good season that ended with a record of 4-1 straight up, 4-1 against the spread, and 3-2 over the total. The Buffaloes have national rankings of 57th for scoring offense and 51st for points allowed. The Buffs are coming off a 38-31 loss at Utah.
The Buffs did things the old fashioned way much of the season with running back Jarek Broussard leading the way with 813 yards, 6.3 yards per rush, and 3 touchdowns.
Texas Longhorns Weekly Recap
Texas will enter the Alamo Bowl with a record of 6-3 straight up, 3-5-1 against the spread, with 6-3 over the total. The Longhorns rank 12th in the nation for scoring offense and 62nd for points allowed.
Sam Ehlinger finished with a 149.9 QB rating in his senior season. Ehlinger had to carry the Longhorns most of the year and that wore down his production as the season carried through. Ehlinger has an impressive 25 touchdown passes with only 5 interceptions.
Running back Bijan Robinson also had his moments with 520 yards, 6.8 yards per rush, and 3 touchdowns.
Tom Herman was already taking on water with this year’s recruiting class. The dalliance with Meyer only made matters worse. Texas finished far outside the top ten of all national rankings. Most services had the Longhorns class ranked around 17th in the country. Texas correctly thinks of itself as a top ten school for recruiting expectations. At the very least.
When Mack Brown was head coach a decade ago they were meeting such expectations. The problem was that those recruits would have a feeling of entitlement that Brown failed to rid them of.
A deeper dive into Herman shows a record that is more questionable than what is widely reported. After going 13-1 at Houston in 2015 and finishing with a national ranking of 8th Herman slipped to 9-3 and no national ranking in his second season. At Texas, his best season was 2018 when in his second year Herman led the Longhorns to a 10-4 record, a spot in the Big 12 championship game, and a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia. After the campaign was boasts of “Texas is back. But an 8-5 record last year forced staff changes including at defensive coordinator. And a 6-3 mark this year did little to convince donors and fans things were getting better.
There are more than a few football community members that believe the problems at Texas go far deeper than Herman. The problem may be Texas itself. This feeds into the belief that only a strong man such as Urban Meyer would have the gravitas to save it.
2020 Texas Longhorns Schedule
||@ Texas Tech
||vs. Oklahoma* (Cotton Bowl – Dallas, TX)
||@ Oklahoma State
||vs West Virginia
||vs Iowa State
||@ Kansas State
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