Texas is back? Not this season. The Longhorns fell to 6-5 after their 24-10 loss to the Baylor Bears on Saturday. This certainly isn't the season most fans were expecting - preseason aspirations anticipated a much higher ceiling.
Tom Herman's team is playing worse than its overall talent indicates. The Longhorns are in danger of finishing the regular season with six wins and six losses - next Saturday's test against Texas Tech won't be easy.
Herman will have to regroup quickly to get his players and staff motivated for next week's game. But first things first, the Texas head coach will have to re-motivate himself.
According to a report, Herman was "broken" during his post-game presser.
This might spell trouble for the Longhorns. A Big 12 title is out of the question. But a loss to the Red Raiders next Saturday would be disastrous.
If Texas hopes to carry any momentum into the off-season, the Longhorns must take care of business the rest of the way. As for Herman, he'll have to find new ways to motivate his team other than head-butting players with helmets on.
There's no doubt Texas has dealt with plenty of injuries this season. But the measure of a team is how it responds to adversity.
How will Texas respond next Saturday?