With some hard times coming about for Texas football of late, we take a look back at some of the very best games for the program over the past 17 seasons.
Despite some down years for Texas football since the end of the Mack Brown-era, this program has stood atop of the college football world since the turn of the century in 2000. Brown was a great head football coach for the Longhorns, and the current head man at the helm in Tom Herman could lead this squad to the same level of contention nationally.
However, with the recent dip in results for the Horns since the National Championship loss, in 2010, to head football coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, Texas has not really recovered. That injury to star quarterback Colt McCoy threw a highly-touted recruit in Garrett Gilbert into the fire way too early. As a result, Texas has gone downhill since that game.
Yet, Texas is now one of the programs that is trending up in the Big 12, as Herman has this team back on the right track. Texas has also made for some great games still in recent years. Unseating some rivals at the top of the college football world is always a satisfying feeling for any fan base.
Even one of the biggest rivalries for the Horns was discontinued since the 2011 campaign. The Lonestar Showdown hasn’t happened since the 2011 season since the Texas A&M Aggies bolted for the SEC. Due to that, Texas loses out on some classic matchups as the two teams created a stalemate without scheduling each other. It doesn’t look like Texas-Texas A&M will happen anywhere in the near future either.
This list of the best matchups for Texas since the turn of the decade might only grow from here. The Horns have done a great job in scheduling for the next decade into the future with non-conference contests against the Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, Arkansas Razorbacks, LSU Tigers, and Crimson Tide.
Here’s the 15 best games since the 2000 season for the Texas Longhorns football program.