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Tom Herman Thinks Texas Roster Is Championship-Caliber

Texas football head coach tom herman watches during the sugar bowl

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Coming off an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game followed by an upset win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, expectations are going to be high at Texas next season. But if you think head coach Tom Herman is going to temper those expectations, think again.

In a radio interview on Austin’s 104.9 FM The Horn, Herman was asked if he felt the team was in a position to compete for titles. The Longhorns head coach responded in the affirmative.

“Yeah, I think so,” Herman replied, per Horns247.

Texas enters the 2019 season with the addition of five-star wide receivers Jordan Whittington and Bru McCoy, part of a class that was rated No. 3 in the country, per 247Sports.

Herman lamented losing so many defensive starters who graduated, but seemed confident that the young players would be able to fill the void.

“We’re going to be extremely young and that’s OK,” Herman said. “Any time you’re starting eight seniors or nine seniors, that’s probably a good thing, but it means the following year you’ve got to replace all of those guys, too.”

Last year Texas went 9-3 in the regular season, beating arch-rival Oklahoma along the way. Texas would lose a Red River rematch against the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship, but avenged that loss by beating the Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl.

The Longhorns have certainly been recruiting on-pace with or better than the Sooners, but Herman's coaching ability is going to be X-factor in the school making its first-ever College Football Playoff appearance.