Last season was yet another where we thought that Texas might be back, but once again, they had a pretty mediocre season. It started out promising, as they held tough against the Alabama Crimson Tide in an early season game, and QB Quinn Ewers looked like he could be the star that brought Texas back to the promised land in 2022.
However, Ewers would go down to injury in that game, and when he came back a few games later, didn't play with the same confidence he had. That led to just a 6-3 record in the Big-12 last year, and an 8-5 record overall. That wouldn't be nearly enough to get Texas into the Big-12 championship for a chance at the playoff. They ended up losing to Washington in the Alamo Bowl to end a disappointing 2022 season.
2023 will start out in much of the same way that 2022 did for Longhorn football, and that is with a ton of hope for the future. Ewers is back at QB to begin the season, and while he is a former No. 1 recruit in the nation, begins the season with someone breathing down his neck just waiting to take his job.
Arch Manning, the nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning, joined the Texas QB room as a freshman for this upcoming season. If Ewers struggles much in the same way he did to end the 2022 season, it isn't impossible to think that head coach Steve Sarkisian will turn to his much-anointed freshman QB. Either way, this will be the Longhorns' final chance to grab a Big-12 title, as the program will join the SEC in 2024.
Right now, DraftKings Sportsbook has Texas sitting at +2200 on their National Title futures. That's currently good for the seventh-best odds to win the CFP Championship, so they have a little ground they will need to cover in order to get to the top.
It certainly won't be an easy schedule for Texas if they were hoping for one. They will have to take on Alabama once again in just the second game of the season, so an early test could show us just how ready the Longhorns are to take on the big boys. They will also have to take on Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas State, and TCU next season in Big-12 play, which are all projected to be pretty good squads next season.
Unless Ewers turns into the next great Ohio State transfer QB to lead his team to a title, I don't see the Longhorns winning much of anything in 2023. Now, if Manning comes in and starts at QB, we don't know what will happen. He could be the next Johnny Manziel, or he could be a total flop. I'm just going off of the current roster and starters as they are listed right now. I wouldn't touch Texas, as this team isn't much different from last year's underwhelming squad.
Texas football refers to the football program of the University of Texas at Austin, located in Austin, Texas. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference and has a rich history, with 4 national championships, 32 conference championships, and numerous bowl game appearances.
Some notable players from Texas football include Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, Colt McCoy, and Vince Young, among others. Texas has also produced several Heisman Trophy winners, including Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, and Vince Young.
The current head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team is Steve Sarkisian, who took over in 2021 after previously serving as an assistant coach at Alabama and as a head coach at Washington and USC.
Texas plays its home games at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, which has a seating capacity of over 100,000 fans. The team's mascot is Bevo, a longhorn steer, and the team's colors are burnt orange and white.