1. 2019 could be a special season
Texas football will make an interesting case to be ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation entering the 2019 regular season. That discussion will occur all off-season, and most other fan bases will get tired of it rather quick. Texas football appears to finally be on its way “back”, with 2019 and 2020 looking like where it can all be put together for this program.
Both Texas and Oklahoma have some heavy losses on both sides of the ball set for this off-season. The one key that works in favor of the Horns over the Sooners is the return of its starting quarterback. Heisman winning Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray looks to be on his way to the Oakland Athletics organization, while Ehlinger returns for the Horns for the 2019 campaign.
The hype train always builds up really fast for the Horns, and that should be the case again for the 2019 off-season. This time it just seems to have some backing from a successful season previously, with a head coach that is carrying a ton of momentum. The talent, coaching staff, and player development seem to all be clicking now for the first time in a while.
Landing a top 10 rated recruiting class in the nation for the 2019 class, per 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, in combination with a ton of young talent returning to the Forty Acres makes for a compelling argument for the Horns to take that next step. Recognition of that in the preseason rankings is nice to see, but carries little bearing to the outcome of the entire season.