2009-10 Texas Longhorns Football Predictions
by Josh Nagel - 8/15/2009
No. 2 Texas Longhorns
2008 Record: 12-1.
2008 Against the Spread: 9-4.
2009 Odds to win BCS Championship: 4/1.
Key games: vs. Oklahoma Oct. 17; at Oklahoma St. Oct. 31; at Texas A&M Nov. 26.
Overview: The time for coach Mack Brown and the Longhorns to cry foul about being left out of the BCS title picture last season has long run its course. At least it should have, otherwise Texas could be in big trouble this season.
The Longhorns justifiably were miffed when their missed tackle on Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech essentially resulted in the BCS not only ruling them out as the second-best team in the country, but relegated them to second-best in the Big 12. Of course, Oklahoma went on to win the Big 12 title before losing to Florida in the BCS title game.
Although much has been made that this will be a season of redemption for Texas based on motivation from last year's snubbing - and those who make college football picks have made Texas a trendy selection -- the reality is that Texas had a better team and a more favorable schedule last year.
Even though Heisman Trophy candidate Colt McCoy returns at quarterback determined to lead the program to the Promised Land, the Longhorns will need more than a solid team and motivation on their side.
They also will need their fair share of breaks, and will have to avoid a late-season letdown such as the Texas Tech upset last year. Although the offense should be similarly explosive, McCoy did lose speedy wide receiver Qwan Crosby to the NFL, and the running game will be handled by a committee of inexperienced and unproven players.
Moreover, the defense that led the nation in sacks last year has lost its entire front line, led by first-round NFL Draft pick Brian Orakpo.
Programs such as Texas never seem to have much trouble reloading their talent base on a semi-annual basis, but there are still big shoes to fill for the Longhorns to return as a viable BCS title contender.
The schedule also presents its share of challenges. Rival Oklahoma will be looking to avenge last year's loss to the Longhorns, and road games against upstart Oklahoma State and in-state rival Texas A&M also loom late in the season.
It seems Brown's clubs never fail to remain the Top 10 and in the mix for a BCS bowl, but it would be a mild surprise if the Longhorns are playing for the national title in January.
2009-10 Texas Longhorn Predictions: 11-2, BCS Bowl game appearance.
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