Texas Football: 4 players/coaches to blame for Longhorns struggles

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Where should the blame be falling for the Texas football program after losing their fifth game of the season last weekend to the Baylor Bears?

If there was even one less loss this season for the Texas football program so far, then it might be better for the fan base to digest all the failures of late compared to how expectations sat coming into the regular season. Texas had a top 10 ranking in both major polls coming into the 2019 regular season, and hasn’t lived up to that hype at really any point.

The fortunes for head Texas football coach Tom Herman and his squad looked good coming out of a last-minute loss to the now No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers back in Week 2. Considering LSU looks to be a potential favorite, along with the No. 2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, to win the College Football Playoff National Championship, losing to them by seven points isn’t that bad.

However, since that loss to LSU, Texas didn’t do much that should encourage this fan base for what’s ahead. Texas now holds a 6-5 (4-4 Big 12) record and there is all sorts of heat and pressure falling on the shoulders of Herman and the rest of his coaching staff.

Herman held one of his longer press conferences of the season so far on Nov. 25. He took a lot of the blame for the struggles for his program this season on his own shoulders. But that doesn’t fix the fact that he’s circling around a possible .500 finish through the regular season.

Since Texas also had the anticipation of competing for a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game for the second year in a row, potentially finishing in the bottom half of the conference standings really stings. There’s a lot to fix for Texas heading into the final week of the regular season.

Here’s a look into four problem areas where the blame could fall for the Texas Longhorns football program heading into the final matchup of the regular season, against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.