The Longhorns’ “Texas is back” tour may be put on hold after Sports Illustrated listed them among the most overhyped teams heading into the 2019 season.
Four college football writers gave their opinions on which teams will not be able to live up to their expectations in a story on SI.com, and two of the four writers singled out the Longhorns.
“For all the constant talk about how Texas is back, especially after winning 10 games for the first time this decade (there are many that have picked the Longhorns to make some national championship noise), the lack of depth—especially on the defensive end—has to have Tom Herman concerned,” writer Scooby Axson noted.
Axson wrote that replacing eight starters on defense and having no solid backup in case of an injury to quarterback Sam Ehlinger, might have them behind Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference.
SI.com writer Ross Dellenger noted his belief in the Longhorns as legitimate contenders, but is worried they won’t be able to live up to their own expectations.
“Any team that must replace eight defensive senior starters will have some early-season growing pains, and that’s not mentioning a pass defense that ranked 110th nationally last season,” Dellenger wrote. “The Horns feel like a solid top-20 team, but these CFP projections are shooting awfully high.”
The team is coming off a recent Sugar Bowl victory as head coach Tom Herman is heading into his third season with the Longhorns. Sports Illustrated ranked them No. 9 in their college football rankings heading into the summer.
Their first game of the upcoming season is at home on Aug. 31 against Louisiana Tech.
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