This time last year, give or take a few days, Longhorns fans were scratching their heads after losing on a last-second TD to the Texas Tech Red Raiders closing out an improbable 3-1 mark against Top 15 opponents in four-straight weeks. Scratching turned to praying as all we could do is hope that OU might be able to beat Tech and then somehow allow us to go to the Big 12 title game & then on to the BCS Title game. Of course, we know how all of that ended…
Now, we are on top of the world (or at least in our hearts & minds) while the world itself has us #3. We are unbeaten, having vanquished all that have come before us in this 2009 campaign - The once formidable OU football team now resembles a beaten stepchild sitting in the corner sucking it’s thumb praying for the nightmares to end; Mizzou and Tech wish they had their 2008 quarterbacks and receivers to return them to a happier time & place; Oklahoma State is still Oklahoma State showing so much promise & potential on paper, yet still getting fitted for their burger place employee uniform at season’s end; and the Big 12 North representative spot for the conference championship game is more undecided than Brett Favre’s 2010 football season.
Critics point to our weak schedule and how the promise of Big 12 dominance in 2009 has not come true. However, 2008 taught us that it really doesn’t matter how many rank teams you beat, it just matters that you finish perfect. And so far, Coach Brown is staying true to plan. While Colt isn’t the Colt of last year, he is leading a team that is just as good if not better on defense than on offense. The reality is that if we remain perfect, our opponent will be Florida or Alabama, both of which command respect from an opponent’s defense more so than a willingness to turn into a Conference USA shoot-out.
Sorry Boise State, TCU, and Cincy, the ultimate perfection in 2009 belongs to Texas and it’s fans! Come this Thanksgiving, Longhorns' fans may finally have something in the past four years to be thankful for!