I am in no way excusing any player or coach, but if you really thought the last two teams were championship-caliber you're delusional. Longhorn fans have a long history of putting unrealistic expectations on the football program. If those expectations were met, we would win the MNC every year. NOBODY has that kind of success. While the last two years should have been better, there was no way we were going to win it all. So much went wrong this year in every conceivable fashion. You just can't overcome all the injuries, disciplinary issues, etc. week after week when you simply lack the talent to do so.
DA had a HORRIBLE year, but the players on the field weren't up to the task to begin with. We all knew the secondary was going to be a problem and it was. We were never going to win anything significant with that lot. Colt has had a wildly inconsistent season, which I think confirmed once-and-for-all what I think most of us already knew: he is not a transcendent player. If that's what you need/expect from him, he will disappoint you. I'll not even bother with GD except to say he's had better AND worse years.
There is plenty of blame to go around, but this team ended up about how I thought they would. Losing to ou and atm just makes it particularly repugnant.