| Further Analysis
Yeah, there's one thing missing.
Had Vince Young decided to come back
for his senior season, there'd be no reason to play the 2006 season.
Texas would walk through the year on the way to a second-straight
championship and a 34-game winning streak. Oh sure, many would point
to USC last year and Miami of a few years ago to show that
greatest-of-all-time teams are beatable ... nyuh-uh. This would've
been 1995 Nebraska all over again.
Head coach: Mack Brown
9th year at Texas: 83-19
23rd year overall: 169-93-1
Off. 19, Def. 23, ST 1
Lettermen Lost: 19
Best UT Players
1. OT Justin Blalock, Sr.
2. SS Michael Griffin, Sr.
3. DE Tim Crowder, Sr.
4. DE Brian Robison, Sr.
5. RB Jamaal Charles, Soph.
6. DT Frank Okam, Jr.
7. OG Kasey Studdard, Sr.
8. RB Selvin Young, Sr.
9. C Lyle Sendlein, Sr.
10. WR Limas Sweed, Jr.
Sam Houston State
at Texas Tech
at Kansas State
2005 Record: 13-0
Preview 2005 predicted wins
Ohio State W 25-22
at Missouri W 51-20
at Oklahoma St
at Texas A&M W 40-29
Big 12 Championship
Colorado W 70-3
USC W 41-38
But Young is off making millions as a Tennessee Titan and life does
go on. The biggest question of the 2006 season is if freshmen
quarterbacks Colt McCoy (a redshirt freshman) and Jevan Snead can do
enough with the talent around them to keep the machine rolling. As
good as Texas was last year, it wouldn't have beaten Ohio State
without Young, and if it had somehow made it to Pasadena, it sure as
shoot wouldn't have hung around with USC.
Texas go back to being, well, Texas? The inside joke was that Young was
so good that he Mack Brown-proofed this team, but now the Longhorns
might be doomed to once again being a perennial top five team that
suffers one or two heartbreakers a year to keep from getting over the
hump. If that sounds like it's a bad thing, it isn't.
USC only has one BCS title under Pete Carroll. Oklahoma only has one
under Bob Stoops. National titles won by Florida State, Miami, Tennessee
and Michigan seem like a lifetime ago. It's really, really hard to get
to a championship game, much less win it, so the trick is to keep being
in the mix until all the breaks fall the right way. Texas has the
foundation in place to keep being among the elite of the elite for years
Now we get to see just how much Brown and his staff can coach. If the
quarterback situation is steady, there's no reason to think there can't
be a return trip to the title game. But it's not going to be a walk in
the park because of ...
State and Oklahoma are good enough to be considered among the three best
teams in America, and road games at Nebraska and Texas Tech in
back-to-back weeks would be too tough for almost anyone else.
Fortunately, those two games come late enough in the year to allow Snead
and McCoy time to get their feet wet. At Kansas State might not be a
peach, but it has to be a must-win for a team hoping to play for the
national title. The rest of the schedule should be a light breeze
considering the toughest games are at home.
Offensive Player: Senior OT Justin Blalock. He would've likely been
a top 15 pick had he come out this season, and now he'll be the anchor
of one of the nation's best run blocking lines. He moves well in pass
protection and is a steamroller for the ground game.
Defensive Player: Senior SS Michael Griffin. Ends Tim Crowder and
Brian Robison will get the bigger NFL paydays, but the sure-tackling
Griffin will the be the leader of the D. He'll finally get the national
respect he deserves now that he's out of Michael Huff's shadow.
to a successful season: Besides Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead, it's
sophomore OG Cedrick Dockery. If he isn't better than he was this
spring, Blalock might have to move to right guard putting redshirt
freshman Adam Ulatoski. For quarterbacks that need all the time they can
possibly get to throw, Blalock is desperately needed on the outside.
will be a success if ... Texas plays for the national title. After last year, would
anything less be acceptable? If there isn't a repeat trip to the
championship game, that likely means a loss to either Ohio State,
Oklahoma or Nebraska, and the heat will be back on Mack Brown.
Sept. 9 vs. Ohio State. Yeah, yeah, yeah, Oklahoma is good again and
the Red River Rivalry means everything, but the showdown against the
Buckeyes might be the equivalent of the national title game. The winner
will likely be number one with the inside track to Arizona.
The Last Time Texas …
- Second quarter scoring: Texas 218 - Opponents 48
- Rushing touchdowns: Texas 55 - Opponents 15
- Average yards per game: Texas 7.1 - Opponents 4.4
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Rose Bowl vs. USC)
…missed a bowl game…1997
…pitched a shutout…2005 (Baylor)
…was shutout…2004 (Oklahoma)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Colorado)
…won a conference title…2005 (Big 12)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2005 (Vince Young)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2005 (Vince Young)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2003 (Roy Williams)
…had a first-round draft choice…2006 (QB Vince Young, DB Michael Huff)