Relevance to the Longhorns
We’re going to pause on the game previews and predictions for the College Football Playoff for a moment and reflect on what relevance these games could have on the Texas football program. The goal for the Horns next season could be the College Football Playoff and Big 12 Title since head coach Tom Herman already made it in second place in the conference standings in 2018.
To start it all off, the Cotton Bowl features two teams in Notre Dame and Clemson that could be on a similar trajectory to that of the Horns. While Texas won’t face Notre Dame or Clemson any time soon during the regular season, it can take some lessons away from the runs that both teams made this fall.
Most of the similarities and ability to relate to the College Football Playoff field that the Horns can draw comes from the Orange Bowl. Not only did the Sooners face the Horns twice this year, this could be the last time we see this year’s Heisman Trophy winner suit up in the crimson and cream. What happens to the Sooners in the Orange Bowl could determine a lot of the timeline of events during the off-season both team Red River teams.
Moreover, Texas is just a few years away from facing the Crimson Tide in a home-and-home series during the regular season. In all likelihood, Herman and Saban will still be coaching each respective program in what should boil down to a premier showdown that begins in 2022 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the Forty Acres.