I don't want to speak to soon, but I must say something. I'm excited, and for good reason. Texas' win over Oklahoma was extremely impressive, especially when you dig in a little more.
Charlie Strong has had all of 1.5 legit recruiting classes. I think it's clear that the recruiting classes that preceded him going back ~5 years were not at all stellar, especially at the skill positions.
So with a team that's experienced an in-season change at Offensive Coordinator, a team led by redshirt freshman (Jerrod Heard) at Quarterback and a true freshman (Malik Jefferson) at Linebacker, we're sitting at 2 wins and 4 losses. Texas could very easily be 4-2 right now, though, as we all know.
We just beat the #10 ranked team in the country in rival Oklahoma on neutral ground and didn't look extremely lucky in doing it while becoming the first team this year to keep the Sooners under 20 (or even 30) points. Going back to 2014, the only teams in the last 2 seasons to keep Oklahoma under 20 or 30 points are Clemson in last year's Citrus Bowl (they won 40-6) and Baylor last November (they won 48-14). Baylor is currently undefeated and ranked #2, the highest for a Big 12 team, and Clemson, also undefeated, is the highest ranked ACC team at #6. OU put up 30 points on both TCU and Oklahoma State the last time they played them, and both of those teams are currently undefeated and ranked in the top 15.
Again, Texas' win over Oklahoma was extremely impressive. Consider that this win was in response to a butt-kicking they received by one of the top 3 teams in the country, the Heisman-hopeful Trevone Boykin-led TCU team that - along with Baylor and A&M - has benefited tremendously in recent years from Texas' obviously lackluster efforts on the recruiting trail in the pre-Strong years.
Before the epic victory in Dallas and before being trounced in Fort Worth, we played three straight games at home at DKR.
We lost 30-27 against Oklahoma State, the final result of a punter blunder and some unfortunate calls by the refs.
We lost 45-44 to a ranked Cal Bears team that is led by Jared Goff, who is becoming the consensus pick as the guy most likely to be the first Quarterback taken in next year's NFL draft. The same Cal team that came within one possession of beating Utah, the last undefeated team in the Pac-12. And Texas missed pushing Cal to overtime on a missed extra point, an extreme rarity in the game. Jerrod Heard may not have outplayed Goff in the game, but he definitely went toe-to-toe and outshined him statistically.
Before that, Texas beat Rice 42-28, in Jerrod Heard's first start and a game in which Rice scored 14 points in the game's final 7 minutes to make it look a bit more respectable after giving up 3 touchdowns to Texas in the 1st and 3rd quarters.
And in the season's opener in an away game, Texas lost 38-3 to a Notre Dame team whose lone loss is a two points defeat (24-22) at Clemson.
To recap, Texas and its young team lost on the road to a very good Notre Dame squad in the season opener, changed Offensive play callers, then played three very solid offensive games at home against Rice, then a ranked Cal team that is a touchdown away from being the best in the Pac-12 Conference and survived in Austin on a missed extra point, then a currently-undefeated Oklahoma State team that got the benefit of some ref calls and a punter blunder, then got beat badly on the road against national title contender TCU, then responded with a win on neutral ground with a solid defensive and offensive showing against an Oklahoma team with aspirations of winning the Big 12.
I don't know about you, but this isn't just progress, this is a major leap forward. Sure, Texas isn't ahead of schedule like the Top 10 teams at Florida or Michigan, but we're right on time with the rebuild if you ask me.
Give Heard, Jefferson and crew more reps this season, more experience winning and finishing games, give our special teams guys some more hugs, and give Strong one more recruiting class and there's no reason Texas can't be right back in the conversation as one of the best teams in the conference (and nation) in another season. Hook 'em!