National Title Contenders? At Least One Expert Thinks So

Longhorns Football National TitleDespite yet another winning season and a big Alamo Bowl victory over Oregon State, many deemed the Longhorns’ 2012 season a disappointment. Such disappointment seems to have carried over to the 2013 season, as many experts are excluding the Longhorns from their lists of national title contenders. Furthermore, Las Vegas has Texas’ win totals over/under at 9.5, tied with Oklahoma and TCU for second place in the Big 12.

According to college football analyst, Phil Steele, the Longhorns hold the best value in preseason college football win totals and could be a playing for it all in January.

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“The Longhorns have underachieved since losing to Alabama in the 2009 national title game, but despite the disappointment their win total has gone up from just five wins in 2010 to nine last year. Texas is one of the most experienced teams in the country this year with 19 returning starters. While defense was the main weakness last year, keep in mind they did lose two of their best players to injury in linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat by midseason and both are now healthy. Currently Las Vegas has them favored in all 12 of their games, which is a big reason they are my No. 1 pick this year as a dark horse national title contender. Look for the Horns to easily top this win total, and the +105 gives you even more value.”

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Brian Kendall

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