Texas football might only be one year away from national title contention after the way it looked this year, nearly winning the Big 12 Title.
The Sugar Bowl is a fantastic destination for No. 15 ranked Texas football to land in, against the Georgia Bulldogs out of the SEC. Georgia will take on a Big 12 team in its first postseason game for the second straight year. Last year, Georgia’s first postseason game came against the Oklahoma Sooners in a College Football Playoff Semifinal game that took place in the Rose Bowl.
Texas football got to take on the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on Dec. 1. This Big 12 Championship Game was the first one that Texas football played in since the 2009 campaign. Texas put up a good fight against Oklahoma, but ultimately fell short by the final score of 39-27.
If the Horns were able to pull off the victory against the Sooners, it would’ve thrown a wrench into the entire Playoff hopes for the Big 12. Oklahoma was the last team alive for a Playoff spot after it knocked off the West Virginia Mountaineers during a Black Friday showdown in Morgantown.
Either way, the likely destination for the Horns following the conference title game seemed to be the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma was the team that’s fate rested on the outcome of the Big 12 Championship, and whether it would loss twice in one year in Red River or make it back to the Playoff for the second consecutive season.
Here’s a look at the five things we learned from the 12-point loss for the Texas Longhorns against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 1.