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The SMO: Your Sunday morning optimist is ready to move on from the KU game

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Texas beat Kansas 59-20 in the most forgettable game of the season.

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It's been a weird week.

On Wednesday night, as a joke, I sent an email to presidential candidate and Texas Ex Jeb Bush about the future of Texas football. My question: Do you think Charlie Strong can fix the problems for UT football, or do you think the Horns should make a change if they lose out?

He responded in less than a minute. Of course Texas should keep Charlie Strong, he said. It was, perhaps, the biggest vote of confidence in Strong D.C. has offered us thus far.

I posted our email exchange on Twitter and it went mini-viral, with mentions in The Washington Post and on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

So why have I spent 150 words talking about this without bringing up the 59-20 Longhorns victory last night, you ask? Because, in all honesty, I don't want to talk about last night's game. I want to forget about it.

The honest truth is: The Kansas game means nothing. Absolutely nothing. It's almost as if the Westlake Chaps ran through the visitors tunnel to take on the Longhorns -- except the Chaps actually have Division I talent. That was the worst football team in college football history, and even when Texas tried to let the Jayhawks hang around early on, they fumbled or turned it over or just opted not to run a play and let the clock run down before a terrible field goal kicker doinked one off the upright from 28-yards away as time in the first half expired. They were so bad they've forced me to write run-on sentences. I hate run-on sentences.

Texas couldn't have lost this game even if it wanted to. UT is a mess, but Kansas is a dumpster fire.

Anything less than a 21-point victory was going to be chalked up as a loss, in my opinion. At the end of the first half, it really felt like KU was, at times, outplaying Texas -- as Austin radio personality Sean Adams noted on Twitter:

It was a really bad first half performance.

But Texas came out in the second half and outscored Kansas 35-6, just like it should have done in the first half.

The one positive I'll take from this game: It was a good confidence booster for the Longhorns -- who could desperately use one. All of the young guys were able to get into the game and make plays. D. Foreman with a 93-yard TD run. Newsome and Lorenzo Joe with some catches. John Burt with an 84-yard touchdown. Jerrod Heard had over 200 yards passing, the first time he has eclipsed that mark, I believe, since the 364 yards through the air against Cal. These guys now know they have the ability to go out and dominate teams -- even if it's only for a half.

Texas has a legitimate test on the road against West Virginia next weekend. The last time Texas visited Morgantown, the Horns had a nice little OT victory, Jonathan Gray went down with an achilles injury, and I had a run-in with a few power-hungry West Virginia state troopers. Let's hope this trip goes a little smoother.

Perhaps the momentum created this week will wash away that bad Iowa State taste and help this team move forward from what was the most embarrassing loss of the 2010s. Yeah, I'm still not over that yet.

We know Texas can play at a high level, it's just tough to predict what games they will show up for.

Maybe Jeb Bush can shed some more light on that for me.

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Afterthoughts: Shout out to all the Chicago Texas Exes who made it out to Stanley's last night for the game. It was an impressive turnout despite a less than ideal matchup.

By the way, THIS is what an athletic director should wear to every game: