It’s tough for fans of big-time college football teams to have tempered expectations when it comes to turning around programs, especially after watching what Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was able to do with his Tigers last season. But that’s what new Texas head coach Charlie Strong is pitching to Longhorns supporters tonight. Strong, speaking in Fort Worth on the first stop of his “Comin’ On Strong” tour, told UT fans that the Longhorns will not be playing in the national championship game this season.
Charlie strong being too real: we are going to be better than we used to be. We are not going to be in the national championship gm next gm
— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) April 22, 2014
Realistically, Strong is probably right – even if the Longhorns have a great season, the odds of being one of the two teams playing for it all in early January are low. But I’m not sure that on the first day of a tour meant to help you endear yourself to a fan base, this is the right move. Regardless, given the landscape of college football and the fact that the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game, the Longhorns will probably need to post an undefeated record to be included in the inaugural College Football Playoff. We’ll see how they do in the first year of the Strong era.