The Texas Longhorns took care of the USC Trojans, 37-14, giving fans a glimpse at the potential this team has if it plays up to its level of talent. The Longhorns have stated their goal for the season is to compete for the Big 12 conference, and they get their first opportunity on Saturday as they welcome the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs to Austin.
The series against TCU has been one-sided as of late, with TCU outscoring the Longhorns 153-33 over the last four years, and the Horned Frogs own the series against Texas 5-1 since joining the Big 12. With the momentum coming from a big win over UCS, Texas hopes to revers its fortunes and continue the progress under the new coaching staff.
Texas head coach Tom Herman is set to address the media on Monday for his weekly press conference.
Herman: "We've moved on. It feels like ages ago, that game on Saturday. This is an extremely talented and good football team that's coming in here on Saturday. It's a team that, quite frankly, has had our program's number for the last few years."— Nick Moyle (@NRMoyle) September 17, 2018
Herman on TCU's 5-1 record over Texas since 2012: "It’s a team that, quite frankly, has had our program’s number the last few years."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 17, 2018
Injury updates: Eagles (hamstring) is doubtful. Keaontay Ingram had a "good day of running straight ahead yesterday" but he remains questionable.' Shackelford is "probably doubtful." Overshown is "probably a week or 2 away" #HookEm— Nick Moyle (@NRMoyle) September 17, 2018
LB Malcolm Roach broke his foot, out 6-8 weeks, will have surgery Wednesday.— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) September 17, 2018
On TCU, Herman said "We've got our work cut out for us on both sides of football. TCU has speed everywhere."— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) September 17, 2018
Herman on how the #Longhorns have bounced back since the Maryland loss: “Because of where we’re at culturally and with the leadership on this team, moving past the first game wasn’t as difficult as it might seem. Our guys were ready to learn and move on.” #HookEm— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) September 17, 2018
Herman on trying to end TCU’s win streak: “The motivation of the previous four is really inconsequential. They care about this year. They care about this week. They care about going 1-0 this week, and that’s all the motivation they need really.” #HookEm— Joe Cook (@josephcook89) September 17, 2018
Herman said Shane Buechele is "awesome" and would be completely ready if anything happened to Ehlinger. Isn't worried about Buechele not getting game reps through first three weeks— Nick Moyle (@NRMoyle) September 17, 2018
Herman said Casey Thompson runs the scout team and Cameron Rising is the No. 3. He said nobody would be surprised if either of those guys were the starting QB of Texas at some point in the future.— Nick Moyle (@NRMoyle) September 17, 2018
Herman on shooting for Big 12 title: "I think our best is good enough to win. We’re not there yet where they can play their C+ game and still win versus a lot of opponents. We’re not there yet."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 17, 2018
Sunday was an important day for Texas to close out the weekend with official visitors. Had breakfast at Tom Herman's house and he met with them individually. Herman praised his recruiting support staff for their work since the coaches are so busy on gameday.— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) September 17, 2018
Herman on his team's mentality: "It's confidence. It's not arrogance but confidence." Texas teams in the recent past would not have overcome a 14-3 deficit against anybody. It's definitely a step in the right direction. #horns #hookem— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) September 17, 2018
Herman says he absolutely believes targeting/ejection should be called on purpose of intent to injure. "To eject a kid who’s not trying to hurt anybody… I don’t know I agree with that."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 17, 2018