Mid-Season Report: Texas

The Charlie Strong rebuild is now into season two. The Longhorns are a roller coaster ride through six games. The 3-4 record doesn't really give a great indication of how good or bad this team is. Are they the team that got anihilated by TCU or the team that beat a top 10 Oklahoma? I suspect we'll find out soon enough.

FIRST HALF MVP: Jerrod Heard

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Heard has energized the Texas faithful with his flair for big plays and improvisation. You have to wonder if he would have made much of a difference had he been give more PT against Notre Dame. We lean towards not much, but then again, Tyrone Swoops was fairly incompetent most of the time in South Bend.

BEST WIN: Oklahoma

The football season is a fickle thing. Remember after week one when Stanford was terrible? Or after three when West Virginia was a National Title contender? Remember the death of the Alabama dynasty and the rise of Ole Miss? A lot can happen in six weeks. For Texas the program moments have been week to week. The loss to Notre Dame, the hard luck against Cal and Oklahoma State, the blowout at TCU, and then the glory of the win against OU.

To be fair, we don't know what to make of the Oklahoma win other than it stopped people talking about "text gate" and whether the freshman actually practice hard. Anytime you beat OU it's a big deal. Now comes the work of re-defining the Texas season. 

WORST LOSS: TCU

The Horns laid a big old egg in Fort Worth at the hands of the Horned Frogs. Everything went wrong from busted coverage to special teams errors to offensive inefficiency. TCU took full advantage and finished the Horns off early before cruising in down the stretch.

WHAT NOW?

Texas has two very winnable games against Iowa State and Kansas. If all goes right the horns are 5-4 with three defining games remaining: at West Virginia, home for Tech, and a final in Waco. Strong would be ecstatic with a 2-1 finish to the season and a second bowl game. 1-2 or 0-3 and the natives will once again be restless.

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