A place where no major college football program wants to sit in the national media spotlight is exactly where the Texas football program could find themselves post-Week 12. The college football regular season wasn’t great to head Texas football coach Tom Herman and his team thus far. They had a bad enough run of late, and the fan base is growing so impatient, that the USA Today Misery Index that drops weekly had Texas at the very top.
The Texas Longhorns football program likely would’ve had trouble envisioning this difficult of a stretch run through the Big 12 slate. Herman and the Longhorns take a 6-4 (4-3 Big 12) record in Week 13. There’s only two games remaining during the regular season, and the Longhorns have the slightest hope of even having a shot at making a return appearance to the Big 12 Championship Game.
What the Longhorns need to happen in order to make it back to the Big 12 Championship Game for the second straight year is win out against the Baylor Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders. Meanwhile, Texas would also need Baylor to lose their final two games, which comes against the Longhorns and the lowly Kansas Jayhawks.
Considering how the Jayhawks were just handled by opposition like the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Kansas State Wildcats, it doesn’t appear too likely that Baylor will be upset by them. Yet, at least there is still a slight glimmer of hope that the Longhorns can make it back to the Big 12 Title Game this year.
However, Dan Wolken of USA Today emphatically had the Longhorns at the top of his Misery Index. The next four he had up in his Misery Index were the Alabama Crimson Tide (largely thanks to the season-ending hip injury to third-year star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa), Nebraska Cornhuskers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and Mizzou Tigers.
The misery of Longhorn football fans could be staved off a bit if they are able to win out and land a spot in a decent postseason game, like the Alamo Bowl or Camping World Bowl. It’s not out of the question for the Longhorns to finish out the regular season on a high note and then come close to nine or 10 wins.
Last season, the Longhorns finished up with a record of 10-4 (7-3 Big 12). They also rounded out the year with a Sugar Bowl victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on New Years Day. Have a season that ends on a high-note with nine wins and at least a top 20 or top 15 ranking, and the fan base will be appeased for a strong start for the 2020 campaign.