Hey guys – long time lurker here (since 2006!), first time poster. Love the BON community, and the fact that the posts keep coming, even after tough losses like ISU (. . . yikes).
Anyway, I’ve been a bit surprised at the posts over the past few days calling this the beginning of the end for Texas football. I get that we have had to stomach a few bad losses this season, with uninspired play during those losses. But college football, like most things in life, is cyclical. It’s been proven (over and over) this season that we just don’t have playmakers on offense, and we can’t realistically expect our defense to carry us through games against teams that can score better than we can. But why does that mean things can’t change? I saw an inspired team that played against Nebraska. The team played with a greater sense of purpose and beat a Nebraska team that many thought would blow out Texas. We can clearly do it; we are just trying to put all the pieces together. And with our new additions for next year, I think we have a great shot at an awesome season once the pieces begin to gel together.
This is a “rebuilding” year in every sense of the word – we tried a new, running-focused offense that didn’t work, and now we’re scrambling to adjust. We lost key offensive and defensive playmakers we could count on against tough opponents. I just think it’s not realistic to win 10+ games every single season. There’s a reason Mack Brown’s record at Texas has been so impressive. But I also don’t think our situation is quite the permanent doom and gloom story that I keep seeing here.
Or, you know, I could just be distracting myself from an unbelievable loss to an opponent who hasn’t beat a ranked team since 2005. If we lose to Baylor this weekend, all bets are off.