For the second straight year, Texas will be without its starting quarterback indefinitely.
And for coach Charlie Strong, the timing couldn’t be worse.
As Texas embarks on a five-game run that includes three top 11 opponents -- and a BYU team this weekend that slaughtered the Longhorns in Provo, Utah, last year -- the Longhorns will be without David Ash, who is out after suffering from concussion-related symptoms following a hit he took in the opener. Ash missed almost all of last season with the same ailment, suggesting Texas could be forced to roll with inexperienced sophomore Tyrone Swoopes at quarterback for the foreseeable future. For at least this weekend, three starting offensive linemen are also out.
That future includes a daunting immediate schedule.
This weekend, the Longhorns face BYU, which rolled up 550 yards on the ground on the way to rolling Texas 40-21 last season.
The following weekend, the Longhorns will take on No. 11 UCLA in Arlington, Texas. The Bruins are coming off a 10-win season and feature one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Brett Hundley.
Texas gets a little reprieve after that with an open weekend, then a road trip to Kansas.
But then, the Longhorns face Big 12 co-favorites Baylor and Oklahoma in back-to-back weeks.
In light of the Ash injury, we put ask: What will Texas’ record be in those five games?
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