Our staff takes on Thursday’s Texas-Texas Tech matchup:
BRIAN DAVIS: How will Longhorns enter this critical offseason?
There’s a big part of me that wants to see who’s mentally checked out and who comes ready to play Saturday. If Texas can hang in there, that’ll bode well for the offseason. If this is Iowa State all over again, Charlie Strong will need to batten down the hatches for a bumpy ride until spring football starts. Art Briles will never say it publicly, but he’ll want to hang 50, maybe 60, on Texas just because he can. He’ll have to do it with a third-string quarterback, though. That may even thing sup, if only a little. Baylor should win comfortably.
KIRK BOHLS: All signs point to this being a big green and gold day
I’m afraid you can forget all the intangibles that Texas still has to play for. The Longhorns should be playing for pride every time they put on the uniform. Yes, this is their bowl game. And Charlie Strong has so many injuries to deal with, he could be without his best tailback, his two best linebackers, one of this best offensive and defensive linemen and a starting safety. And here’s the real rub: Baylor’s just a much better team and is mad after losing two of the last three. Bears roll, 48-17.
CEDRIC GOLDEN: That win over Oklahoma? It was just a mirage
It’s funny how most of us viewed the Oklahoma win as a turning point in this season. It was merely an indication of the potential on this roster, not some starting point for great things to come. Charlie Strong must figure out how to get that kind of effort and enthusiasm out of his team week in and week out. It would be nice to see the Horns get after the Bears today, but the signs are pointing to yet another blowout in a road game. I said earlier this year that 4-8 was on the table. We’ve arrived at that point.
RYAN AUTULLO: A year later, Texas is still no closer to fixing its QB position
A year later, Texas’ quarterback situation isn’t better. It might be worse. After last season, coaches vowed to upgrade the most important position on the team, yet Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard have leveled off and Kai Locksley is, by all accounts, still a project. Until this gets resolved, we’ll continue to see more seasons like the one that will come to a merciful end on Saturday.