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Texas Writer Chip Brown Thinks The Longhorns Will Go 12-1, Make College Football Playoff

This would certainly be exceeding expectations.

After three straight losing seasons and two straight bowl-less campaigns, Texas fans are getting restless.

Fortunately, there are a lot of positive vibes surrounding new head coach Tom Herman. The 42-year-old Herman had tremendous success in two seasons at Houston and has already made a huge impact on the recruiting trail.

For the record, we included Texas in our preseason Top 25 and expect the Longhorns to make a bowl game, but at least one writer sees much bigger things in store.

In a new article, HornsDigest's Chip Brown predicted a 12-1 season, complete with a Big 12 title game win and a College Football Playoff berth.

Texas fans who can’t stand the idea of getting their hopes up - out of fear of having them trampled again after seven straight years of fumbling around in irrelevance - either stop reading now … or go ahead, get those hopes up.

If this prediction is off, it won’t be by much.

As long as Texas stays healthy at QB, on the O-line and D-line, the Longhorns will go 12-1 this season, including a Big 12 title game victory over Oklahoma State that will send the Longhorns into the College Football Playoff.

I’m betting on Tom Herman and his staff the same way Herman has bet on himself, finding success (and success early) at every stop he’s made as a coach: Sam Houston State, Texas State, Rice, Iowa State, Ohio State and as the head coach at Houston.

Brown goes into pretty heavy detail how he sees the season playing out. He foresees TCU being the only team to beat Texas before the playoff and has them beating rival Oklahoma and upsetting USC.

If we had to bet, an 8-4 regular season and a bowl win sounds like a reasonable goal for Texas in 2017. Even if Brown's prediction is off, this team is back on the rise and will be in the playoff sometime in the next three years.

[ Horns Digest ]