What are some of the more outlandish thoughts for fans of Texas football going to be heading into the off-season after the Sugar Bowl win?
The marquee postseason victory that the Texas football program was searching for since the end of the Mack Brown-era was delivered with an upset win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Texas football was a pretty significant two-possession underdog entering this New Years Day kick-off for the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. It took a consistent effort from both sides of the ball for Texas football to keep pace with an opponent the caliber of Georgia in a New Year’s Six Bowl game.
A team that most people knew was trending up before the Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia could see its stock skyrocket entering the 2019 off-season. Texas football came into the bowl season with a final College Football Playoff Ranking at No. 15. And, the College Football Playoff National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tiger shouldn’t have much bearing on where the final ranking for Texas football sits in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll.
Heading into this Sugar Bowl showdown against Georgia, Texas football was a whopping 11.5-point underdog. This was the first time during the 2018 campaign that head Texas football coach Tom Herman came into a game as a double-digit point underdog. Herman once again proved that I he is a very dangerous opponent to coach against when he is an underdog. He’s tied with Oklahoma State Cowboys head football coach Mike Gundy for the best FBS record since the 2015 season as an underdog in the Vegas betting line.
Moreover, Herman is now 4-1 as a double-digit underdog since the 2015 campaign. He’s proving that Texas football is trending up, but we shouldn’t let the expectations get out of control during the off-season.
Here’s a look at the five biggest overreactions that fans of the Texas Longhorns could have after knocking off the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.