Making the College Football Playoff was an ambitious goal this season for Texas, but it wasn’t unrealistic. No need to worry about that anymore after Saturday’s 38-35 loss at Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns, who were ranked sixth last week, dropped all the way back to 15th in The Associated Press Top 25 poll that was updated Sunday.
There’s a lot left to play for. Texas (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) still controls its own destiny in the Big 12 championship race. UT hosts West Virginia (6-1, 4-1) in a critical conference matchup at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
The top two teams in the league standings will advance to the title game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Texas owns the tiebreaker advantage over Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1). In addition to West Virginia, Texas has yet to face Texas Tech and Iowa State. Both of those teams have two conference losses. The Longhorns are likely facing a wild and wooly November ahead.
UT coach Tom Herman was pleased, if not outright excited, about the grit his team showed in battling back from a 17-point deficit at OSU. He believes that portends bright things for the Longhorns’ future.
“As poorly as we played at times tonight, and poor is an understatement on both sides of the football, it would’ve been very, very easy for an 18- to 22-year-old man to say, ‘Hey, tonight’s not our night, guys. They’ve got us.’ We didn’t,” Herman said.
“We aren’t going to say, ‘Hey we tried hard.’ That’s not an excuse or a right answer,” he added. “But I do think when you are searching for positives in a night like tonight, that’s one of them.”
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