This may be the understatement of the week but the Texas Longhorns need a win. Any win.
As the final bye week descends upon Austin, Texas must ask itself: can we really beat Texas Tech and Baylor in consecutive weeks? Recent history says no way.
The Horns, from the head coach to the players, were saying all the right thing after the 38-20 loss at West Virginia, but the looks in their eyes told a different story. The season is almost over, and what little that remains will be thrown into a must-win on Thanksgiving. Tech isn’t very good but neither is Texas. Should make for interesting Senior Day.
Charlie Strong said on Monday’s Big 12 conference call that he doesn’t see his team quitting over the last two games and I believe, though it’s been difficult to determine in true road games if the Horns have quit or are just a bad football team.
Methinks it’s a little bit of both.
Outside of emerging star D’Onta Foreman at running back, the Horns are the walking dead in helmets and pads. I couldn’t blame them for being a little chippy with the media after their latest road loss. Center Taylor Doyle, cornerback Duke Thomas and linebacker Peter Jinkens were in no mood for chit-chat in the interview area, especially Jinkens, who issued a couple of one-word answers before heading to the team bus.
These are tough times, and it’s much harder on the players than it could ever be on a coaching staff of millionaires or a fan base that was spoiled rotten for most of the Mack Brown era.
Beat Tech and there is something to play for in the finale against Baylor. Lose and you’re looking at 4-8, which translates to one long offseason.
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