Texas quarterback Shane Buechele throws down field again Iowa State in the first quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Bohls: How far off is Texas from being a national title contender?

Posted October 19th, 2016


Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s Kirk’s take on some Bevo related items:

On how far off is Texas from being a national title contender:

You could make the argument that Texas is not that far off either. The five most important cornerstones of a football team, in my opinion, are quarterback, defensive line, offensive line, pass-rushers and cornerbacks. Charlie Strong seems to have found his quarterback in Shane Buechele, the defensive line has played remarkably well and the offensive line is mostly a strength. Texas is looking for a more consistent pass rush, and the secondary is very much a work in progress.


On the winners and losers of Big 12 non-expansion:

It was no surprise when the Big 12 chose not to expand after three months of research and presentations and hired consultants convinced the league to do nothing at all. The guess is the league will get a lot of extra money from its ESPN and Fox television partners for not adding teams and kicking in a “pro rata” clause that would pay the Big 12 an extra $25 million annually per new team. The conference did itself no favors by drawing out this entire process and jilting up to 20 schools. The biggest losers were the Big 12’s image for being so cavalier and disrespectful to the expansion hopefuls by saying the 11 viable candidates weren’t even specifically discussed, David Boren for single-handedly driving this exercise only to withdraw his support, and Houston. I think Houston deserved to be invited to truly bring more eyeballs of that city to Big 12 games, and I’m not sure it can sustain its success if Tom Herman leaves, as expected, and if it can’t count on annual Power 5 conference revenue of $30 million or more. Boren’s announcement of Big 12 unity came even though Oklahoma and Texas won’t even consider extending the grant of rights sounded very hollow.

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on Texas A&M’s chances versus Alabama, Brock Osweiler and what the Texas Rangers should do in the offseason, click here.


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