The Big 12 featured some of college football's best games in 2015.
TCU's improbable win at Texas Tech was just one of several contests that proved memorable in 2015. We'll take a look at some of those signature games of 2015 and take an early glance at one game that could make memories in 2016.
Today we continue the series with Texas.
Best game of 2015
Charlie Strong’s team saw plenty of valleys in Year 2. Yet despite combining for 21 victories in 2015, neither Baylor nor Oklahoma can claim it left the stadium with a win over the Longhorns.
A road win at Baylor to end the season was an exceptional finale, but the victory over the Sooners will be seared into the minds of Texas fans for several reasons: First, the image of Charlie Strong wearing the Golden Hat and a smile won’t be going away anytime soon. Second, Texas was the only Big 12 team to knock off the conference champions in 2016. Third, the way the Longhorns won, by overwhelming Oklahoma in the trenches, could bode well for the future with the majority of the linemen who were the foundation of the performance returning outside of Hassan Ridgeway.
Few people expected Texas to knock off the Sooners, who were riding high after a nonconference win over Tennessee. But the Longhorns took control early, cruising to a 14-3 halftime lead then holding on to cement Strong's first win over Oklahoma.
The Sooners' run to the College Football Playoff was impressive, but post-Red River Showdown bragging rights still rest south of the Red River until the two teams meet again in October.
Game to look forward to in 2016
Thanks to its willingness to challenge itself in the nonconference, Texas has several games worth circling on the calendar, starting with Notre Dame’s season-opening visit to Austin, Texas.
Yet it feels like Texas’ Oct. 29 rematch with Baylor could be the game to watch if you can pick only one.
Why? Quite simply, these two teams don’t like each other.
An all-out brawl nearly broke out during the 2015 meeting, with the Longhorns and Bears squaring off in the middle of the field. Add in the reality that Texas took away a New Year’s Six -- and potential Allstate Sugar Bowl -- appearance from Baylor and Art Briles' team will be ready for this game. Don’t expect Strong’s crew to back down, however, so this game should be very entertaining, regardless of the Big 12 title implications or current records of either squad.