Texas Longhorns 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Texas Longhorns 2016 Preview
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The Texas Longhorns were 5-7 last season and just missed out on being bowl eligible.
Overview: Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns were not where they wanted to be last season. Texas has some question marks on offense and needs to improve their defense in order to compete in the Big 12. Texas hosts Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Baylor, and TCU. This provides the Longhorns with plenty of chances for a big win that could turn the tide of the program.
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Offense: Sterlin Gilbert and the Texas Longhorns are going to move to a fast paced offense this season. Last year, Texas averaged 26.4 points per game with 224.8 rushing yards per game and 145.9 passing yards per game. Shane Buechele seems to have the upper hand in the quarterback battle for Texas. Buechele was an early enrollee that played well in the spring. D’Onta Foreman was the leading rusher for Texas last season with 681 yards and 5 touchdowns and will be returning the season. John Burt had 457 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last season and will be one of the starting receivers.
Defense: Vance Bedford and Texas defense will look to rebound after a tough year last season. The Longhorn defense gave up 30.3 points per game with 219.2 rushing yards and 233.4 passing yards per game. Malik Jefferson returns at linebacker with the most tackles from last season with 61. Dylan Haines had 5 interceptions and 3 pass breakups from the safety position and will be back this year. The defensive line will have to rely on young guys, as Texas does not have much depth at the position.
Special Teams: The special teams have been a disaster for Texas the past few seasons and will need to be much improved in 2016. Texas will be looking for a new place kicker, while Michael Dickson figures to be the punter after averaging 41.3 yards last year. The kick returning position also needs to be filled.
Outlook: Texas needs to have a bounce back year after finishing below .500 the past 2 seasons. The new offense that Texas will use will hopefully bring them out of their recent funk, but it will be interesting to see if a freshman qb can run the offense and limit his mistakes. I think Texas will definitely make a bowl game, but there are too many unknowns about this team to project more than 6 or 7 wins.
Sept. 3: Notre Dame
Sept. 10: UTEP
Sept. 17: at California
Oct. 1: at Oklahoma State
Oct. 8: vs. Oklahoma (Dallas)
Oct. 15: Iowa State
Oct. 22: at K-State
Oct. 29: Baylor
Nov. 5: at Texas Tech
Nov. 12: West Virginia
Nov. 19: at Kansas
Nov. 24: TCU