There is no other way to look at it; new Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian is in a tough position this week to try and rebound from a humbling loss for his team at the hands of the Arkansas Razorbacks and head coach Sam Pittman last weekend. Texas fell short to Arkansas by a three-possession margin when the team came into this game as roughly a one-touchdown favorite in the pregame betting odds.
Sark and the Longhorns have no other way to look but forward at this point, though. Texas does get an easier matchup against the in-state foe Rice Owls out of the Conference-USA at the right time. Sark clearly needs a big bounce back game for his team ahead of the start of Big 12 play in two weekends.
Build up some momentum with a good win on both sides of the ball over Rice this coming weekend, and Sark will be able to get his team’s attitude back in the right spot ahead of the Big 12 slate.
Steve Sarkisian only wants to look forward for Texas football after the loss to Arkansas
But for the reason of getting his player’s minds in the right place heading into conference play, it was interesting to hear what Sark had to say in media availability early this week. The media spotlight could not be an easy one for Sark and his staff to deal with following a bad loss to Arkansas on the road last weekend.
In his Monday press conference on Sep. 13, Sark noted that Texas will essentially “go back to the drawing board”. And it is interesting that he also mentioned that this loss to the Hogs won’t “define” the Longhorns for the rest of the season.
That is hard to believe right now, but as I mentioned before, all Texas can do now is look ahead. Respond well and make a solid run through the Big 12 slate and Texas will be back in a good spot in the first year under Sark.
Texas will now carry a record of 1-1 into this meeting at home at DKR with Rice on Sep. 18 following the 40-21 loss to Arkansas on the road on Sep. 21. Kickoff time between Texas and Rice on Sep. 18 in Austin is set for 7 p.m. CT.