By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas head coach Tom Herman never would admit it, but it’s not unrealistic to suggest that he would have preferred to play TCU last week instead of this week.
Make no mistake: TCU was a good team then and is a good team now, and will present a daunting challenge for the Longhorns. But prior to last weekend, the Horned Frogs were undefeated, creeping their way through the nation’s top 10 teams, with an eye on what they hoped would be a possible invitation to take part in the four-team college football playoff. That plan was ruined — or at the very least, stalled — when the then-No. 4 Horned Frogs then went up to Ames, Iowa and lost, 14-7, to Iowa State.
Part of what made the game sting for the Frogs was