What is the floor, ceiling for Texas football for the 2022 season?

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We are now a little more than 24 hours from the kickoff of what promises to be an entertaining season ahead for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program in 2022. Texas kicks off the 2022 regular season slate at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 3 under the lights, with the start time set for 7 p.m. CT, against head coach Terry Bowden and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks out of the Sun Belt.

Sark and the Longhorns can take the first step in taking this program in the right direction this fall after a really disappointing 2021 season during his first year at the helm. Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), falling short of postseason eligibility for the first time since 2016.

Potential dream and nightmare scenarios for Steve Sarkisian and Texas football in 2022

This ULM game will be the easiest of what looks to be a really difficult September schedule for the Longhorns. Texas is also set to face the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, defending Conference-USA Champion UTSA Roadrunners, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road (in that order) after taking on ULM during the month of September.

But it is critical for the Longhorns to build up some momentum during the first month of the regular season to avoid some of the pitfalls they did down the stretch in Big 12 play last season. If Texas can get off to a good start this fall, then the potential for this season is pretty lofty.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the floor, ceiling, and some realistic expectations for the Longhorns in 2022.