Longhorns hoping to get back on track Saturday against Baylor

(photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas – It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for the Texas football team as it reaches the halfway point in its truncated and pandemic-influenced regular-season schedule. Texas hosts Baylor at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in a key Big 12 Conference game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

And like so many of the games in this craziest of college football seasons, there will be plenty of unknowns when the two longtime rivals square off for the 110th time.

The Longhorns (2-2 overall, 1-2 in Big 12 play) return from an open week after losing Oct. 10 to Oklahoma, 53-45, in quadruple overtime in Dallas. That loss was their second straight after falling Oct. 3 at home, 33-31, to TCU.

Did you really think it would come to this, with the Longhorns fighting to stay alive in the conference race after playing just four games? Texas coach Tom Herman said his team has to continue to improve.

“We've got six regular-season games left, and we [still get to play] all of the teams that are at the top of the standings in our conference right now through three games,” Herman said Monday. “We've got all of those teams in front of us. So we've just got to continue on [an upward] trajectory. There is no doubt in my mind that everybody in that locker room sees tangible improvement.”

The Longhorns have focused more on themselves over the past two weeks than the Baylor team they will face Saturday. 

Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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