4 overreactions from Texas football’s late collapse vs. OK State

Xavier Worthy, Texas football (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The realistic win total for Texas this season will be eight games

This is the biggest overreaction coming out of this game. Texas still is showing a lot of the same issues that were brought to light since the six-game losing streak that the Longhorns suffered in Big 12 play last season.

Texas is able to keep its foot on the gas when it matters down the stretch in the second half. And the offense is still having issues getting on the same page, as was well noted in the nearly dozen targets that went to star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy in the passing game that fell incomplete. One target to Worthy in this game also resulted in a Jason Taylor interception.

Outside of the play of the interior defensive line and special teams, I don’t know how much about this team there is to feel good about heading into the bye week. And those issues could reflect in the record that Texas posts next month to round out the regular season.

According to the ESPN Football Power Index, Texas’ projected record for the regular season now sits at 8-4. The fact that we just saw Texas blow another second-half double-digit lead to a conference foe on the road this weekend makes me uneasy when projecting the win total for the final full month of the season.

Texas has some difficult games coming up after the bye week in November. Sark and the Longhorns face four difficult opponents, two of which come on the road. Texas will face the Kansas schools on the road on Nov. 5 and Nov. 19, respectively.

And then, the Longhorns will close out the regular season at home at the friendly confines of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Nov. 25 against the Baylor Bears.

Next. 3 takeaways from the crippling second-half defeat vs. Oklahoma State. dark

However, we will see how mentally tough this team is in how they respond in the next game against Kansas State on the road. If Texas can bounce back with a win over Kansas State on Nov. 5, I do believe there is still a chance for this team to reach nine wins in the regular season. But for now, I think the realistic win total for the season is eight, which would likely mean two or three victories next month.