Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Texas Longhorns suffering BCS hangover
By Dave Bearman
The Texas Longhorns played and lost in last year’s BCS title game. How historically bad has the hangover been? Well, they already have five losses and still have ranked teams Oklahoma State and Texas A&M to play. The five losses tie last year’s Oklahoma team for the second-most losses by a team that lost in the BCS title game the year before (since 1998's first BCS title game). Only Nebraska in 2002 had more, finishing at 7-7, but it was highly controversial that Nebraska even made the title game in 2001 after failing to win its division, not to mention conference.
The Longhorns have lost three straight at home for the first time since 1997 and host 10th-ranked Oklahoma State this week. The last time Texas lost four consecutive home games was over the 1988-89 seasons. The last time Texas lost four true home games in a season: 1956, when Texas went 1-9 on the season, including an 0-5 home slate.
Texas has played in a bowl game in every season since Mack Brown took over in 1998. The Longhorns (4-5), need to go at least 2-1 (with home games remaining against No. 10 Oklahoma State, FAU, and No. 25 Texas A&M) to have that streak continue.