Last season the Texas Longhorns finished 10-4 with a trip to the Big 12 Championship Game and a Sugar Bowl victory. While the team looks poised to be just as good or better in 2019, one college football expert is a bit worried.
In an appearance on JOX 94.5's Three Man Front, college football analyst Phil Steele stated that the Longhorns have a few issues that could adversely affect their season. His biggest worry is that the team bringing back less than half of their starters from last year could be a problem.
“I would normally say (Texas is back), but if they had more returning this year, I’d be a little more bullish on Texas..."
Texas is bringing back five starters on offense, including quarterback Sam Ehlinger, and only three starters on defense. Steele explained that while starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger is capable of bringing his offense up to speed, the team's limited experience makes him nervous.
"So, the potential is there to get there and I might’ve picked them higher, but I am a little concerned with the experience level this year.”
As for his overall view of the Big 12, Steele is picking the Oklahoma Sooners to win the title again.
The Longhorns have not won the Big 12 title since 2008, but will most likely need to do so in order to get a spot in the College Football Playoff.
However, the team does have some huge games on its schedule that could make a compelling case even if they don't win the title.
A home game against LSU in September and their Red River Showdown game against Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl will likely determine if Texas can get in, if they don't have any major hiccups elsewhere.