Texas Longhorns O/U 9.5 wins
The Longhorns finished 10-4, 7-2 in the Big XII under Tom Herman. 3 of the 4 losses were close to Maryland, Oklahoma St, and WVU. They beat Oklahoma in the red river shoot out only to lose to them in the Big XII title game and won the Sugar Bowl against a very good Georgia team.
The offense found success last season with an average if 31 points per game and over 400 yards of offense. They will have some holes to fill but the biggest piece is coming back, Sam Ehlinger. Ehlinger is the face of this Longhorns and last season completed 64.7% of his throws for 3,292 yards and 25 TDs to 5 INTs. Ehlinger will have Collin Johnson as his top target and a plethora of weapons to make his heisman trophy run. Ehlinger can beat teams with his legs as well, scoring 16 TDs on the ground last year, but Keanontay Ingram is likely to be the featured back averaging over 5 yards a carry. The offense should be as good, if not more explosive than last year.
The defense will look a whole lot different from last season. Texas didn't have a great showing defensively last year, but some will say that is due to the powerful offenses they play every week. Either way only 3 starters will be returning led by Brandon Jones one of the top safeties in the nation and the leader of this defense. Even with the complete overhaul, Herman is a masterful recruiter and has playmakers to fill the holes. Texas might be the best defense in the Big XII in a couple years, but is that really saying much? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Looking at the schedule, week 2 they have LSU as their first real test. If they get the W in that game I am confident they can get to the Red River Shootout 5-0. The problem is the Big XII is loaded offense after offense and you can't afford to be off for a quarter without the threat of being blown out. Even though the team is more talented there is to many things that need to work out perfectly to get to 10 wins. 9 wins looks more likely!