AUSTIN (KXAN) — Aside from the confounding loss to Maryland, the Longhorns have passed every test placed in their way.
During the bye week and the run up to Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State, Texas’ test is maturity.
It’s easy to question whether this Texas team can handle the success and the attention that comes with a 6-1 record. They haven’t experienced anything like it recently.
Before this year, the Longhorns finished with a 23-27 record in its last four seasons. If poor leadership infiltrates the locker room, success could be a foreign object thrown into the Longhorns fragile ecosystem.
The Longhorns have something that usually rebuilding programs don’t have—senior leadership.
“It’s definitely going to be a test of our maturity, but I think the fact that everyone on our team is aware of that exact thing that people are concerned about how we’re going to handle the success…is reassuring. We have guys that can handle that kind of situation this kind of success that we’ve been having,” Texas senior tight end Andrew Beck said.
It’ll be a stress test Saturday against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are lost between the team that dominated the nonconference schedule, but has lost three of four in the Big 12.
The Oklahoma State faithful are clamoring for anyone at quarterback other than Taylor Cornelius. As should be expected, OSU head coach Mike Gundy isn’t interested in appeasing the fan base. Expect the Pokes offense to come out with several wrinkles to try and keep Todd Orlando’s Longhorns defense off guard.
Both teams are rested off the bye week which isn’t always good for a team riding high off of success.
“We got some more time to rest but I don’t believe our momentum has stopped we’ll pick up back where we left off and just keep working hard and that’s all we know just focus on Oklahoma State Saturday,” Longhorns receiver Collin Johnson said.
Silencing Oklahoma State’s homecoming crowd early would be a big step in the right direction to a 7-1 record and maybe forcing a turnover of two. Since 2005, Oklahoma State is 33-2 when they don’t commit a turnover and 68-8 when they win the turnover battle.