UT makes strides out West

Updated: September 18, 2017

It has been an interesting start to the season for new Texas head football coach Tom Herman. After getting housed by Maryland in their opener and publicly derided by his ex-boss Urban Meyer in the aftermath, just a tad bit of the shine seemed to have worn off of the new regime.

Herman definitely came to Austin full of swagger and confidence, but it was hard to feel warm and fuzzy about having to travel to the West coast to play a USC team ranked No. 4 in the nation. Led by future NFL signal caller Sam Darnold, the Trojans seem to finally be back near the top of the college football landscape after years of fighting through scandals and scholarship restrictions.

Texas is also trying to climb its way back into relevancy, and though they fell short in overtime to USC by a score of 27-24, I certainly feel better about the program’s trajectory than I did just a few short weeks ago.

It was a game that was sloppy at times, but one of the things that stood out was that the Longhorns appeared to have just as much (if not more) talent than USC on the defensive side of the ball. Charlie Strong never achieved the success fans were hoping for, but he was able to bring in some quality recruits that are maturing into quality players.

The ability of this team to stand toe to toe with a squad the caliber of USC proves that they aren’t that far off, and if Herman can transform the offense per his reputation, the Longhorns won’t entering games as double-digit underdogs again in the future.



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