CFB Analyst Believes Texas Football May Be Underwhelming This Year

first_imgGeneral view of the fans at Memorial Stadium in Texas.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 25: A general view of fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during a game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns on October 25, 2008 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)After showing they can compete against elite competition, the Texas Longhorns are back on the map in college football. Well, it appears not everyone is sold on them heading into next season.The biggest reason for all the praise that Texas receives is because of the coach-quarterback relationship between Tom Herman and Sam Ehlinger.With Ehlinger back for another season, there are many analysts that believe the Longhorns could make the College Football Playoff. However, Jeff Howe of 247Sports is not among that that group.Howe thinks it’s possible that Texas underwhelms people this year due to its inexperience on defense. Outside of safety Brandon Jones, the Longhorns don’t have much continuity in the secondary.From 247Sports:As Horns247 analyst Jeff Howe points out, Texas is losing 233 combined career starts from the departed Longhorns who started at least one game last season — the highest number of combined starts lost from one season to the next for any Texas defense in the current decade.The previous high was the 200 combined career starts the 2015 defense had to make up for when the likes of Quandre Diggs, Cedric Reed, Mykkele Thompson and Steve Edmond ran out of eligibility and both Malcom Brown and Jordan Hicks left the program with one season left to play (Hicks chose not to return for what would’ve been a sixth season).We’ll find out soon enough if the Longhorns can live up to expectations.Texas opens its season with a favorable matchup against Louisiana Tech.[247Sports]last_img read more