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Longhorns emerging as a threat in the Big 12

posted Sep 14, 2016, 10:05 AM by Jacob Geiser
Coming into the season, everyone knew Charlie Strong was on the hot seat. The athletic boosters at Texas were getting a bit impatient with Strong. If you watched any CFB show you would know that was the case.

Not so much anymore.

After the 50-47 win over Notre Dame in week 1; Strong's seat got colder, but Texas seemed to be getting hotter. Texas in one night, instantly became a threat to the Big 12. I know it may be premature to think so but its true.

Sterlin Gilbert and his up-tempo offense have given Texas a new spark. Freshmen Shane Buechele was instantly put into the spotlight with his performance against Notre Dame. Buechele has thrown 6 TD's in the early weeks of the season. It isn't about stats for me when it comes to Buechele. He didn't look like a freshmen when he squared off with Notre Dame. He was putting balls in places only his guys could get, and aside from one INT he looked perfect. At least for the standards of being a freshmen. Shane Buechele is a reason why Texas is threat, so is Sterlin Gilbert. There is however, an even bigger reason why Texas is a contender to win the Big 12.

The conference seems weak. Compared to years past it seems like it will be a down year for the Big 12.

Now I know it is early, but I just have this feeling that the Big 12 is going to swing and miss on the CFP. Oklahoma faces off with Ohio State this week. I expect them to win because it is Norman, and they have their backs up against the wall. If OSU does win that game, I don't see a two loss Oklahoma team coming close to getting a berth. TCU seemed lost with Kenny Hill as the starter. The defense looked rough. Arkansas isn't a passing team and they tore the Horned Frog's secondary to shreds. Baylor is going to be Baylor and put up a bunch of points but that game with Texas is in Austin. Texas has also proven it can put up points. The bottom dwellers in the conference won't be able to keep up with Texas if you ask me.

The top teams this year are: Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.

That is it for me. Those four teams are the top tier in the Big 12. I think TCU is going to have a down year this season having to transition from Trevone Boykin to Kenny Hill. Texas has Oklahoma at a neutral field for the Red River Rivalry, Baylor plays Texas in Austin, which benefits a young QB. Oklahoma State plays Texas in week 4, but I think Texas has to be the favorite in that game. Oklahoma State will square off with Baylor before playing Texas. Texas has an extra week to prepare for Oklahoma State which is worth noting. The Sooners play TCU before facing Texas. The pattern is that these teams are going to beat each other up before squaring off with the Longhorns. If Texas can just do what it needs to do, those are very winnable games with a new offense and the emergence of Shane Buechele.

I think Texas may be looking at a 11-1/10-2 type of season. Which can easily land them in a New Year's 6 bowl game. This is the season Texas alumni and boosters envisioned when they hired Charlie Strong. The Big 12 is up for the taking, and I think Texas is a team who can do it.