Texas’ climb continues as Bears prowl in

Texas fans were loud and stayed long after the OU game had ended. The Horns are hoping for an electric crowd back home against Baylor this Saturday (Photo by Don Bender/Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas – It’s taken the Texas football team five weeks to climb out of the hole it created for itself in an season-opening loss the Maryland.

Some, including coach Tom Herman and many of his players, have said the results – a No. 9 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll and a genuinely upward trend – were worth that early slap in the face.

Texas (5-1, 3-0 in Big 12 play) puts its lofty ranking, its highest this late in the season since 2009, on the line on Saturday when resurgent Baylor invades Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for a key Big 12 Conference game.

The Longhorns, who have thrived in their “each-week-we-are-0-0” mantra, are in a good place despite the bumps, bruises and general wear and tear of the first half of the season and a brutal stretch of games that seen them play, and beat, three ranked teams over the past four weeks by a total of 41 points.

“Winning is a horrible teacher – it masks a lot of deficiencies,” Herman said. “If we would have gone down and scored in the two-minute drill in the first week (against Maryland) and won that game we still would have still had all the exact same problems that we needed to work on."


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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