The Texas Longhorns, somehow, are the underdog going into the 2021 season. But with less-than-great underdog status comes the actually kind of great element of surprise.
Or at least in the mind of longtime analyst Phil Steele.
As Steele said, per 247Sports: “[Texas has] eight starters back on offense and seven on defense. They do play Oklahoma, TCU and Iowa State on the road, but have the talent to contend in all three games.”
And from 247Sports: “Steve Sarkisian said this week at Big 12 Media Days that he won’t judge success by wins and losses this season, instead judging his team’s preparedness and willingness to focus on the details and what it takes to win. He may say that on the record, but you better believe the Longhorns have the talent capable of exceeding outside expectations in Year 1.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: After breakout season, Tristan Stevens to rejoin Longhorns in 2022
247Sports: Big 12 Media Day Recap: Steve Sarkisian delivers latest on Texas QB battle, leaders emerging
247Sports: Big 12 Media Day Recap: Steve Sarkisian talks Year 1 expectations, changes brought to Texas
Inside Texas: Sarkisian embraces difficult decision on quarterback prior to Texas’ opener vs. Louisiana
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
247Sports: Recruiting scoop from THSCA Coaching School
Inside Texas: Texas’ July 30 visitor list
Inside Texas: Just In Time Evening News: Austin Jordan + pair of 2023s
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Cowboys Ride For Free: OSU Big 12 Media Days: 5 takeaways
The Smoking Musket: Three Mountaineers named to award watch lists
Rock Chalk Talk: 45 Days: Too early predictions - noncon
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Peyton and Eli’s ‘all-Manning’ MNF broadcast will either be amazing, or awful beyond belief
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
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