Surprising Texas, Murray among Big 12’s midpoint best
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tom Herman, Texas
The Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1930s when they hired Herman, Houston’s head coach for two seasons after being the offensive coordinator for Ohio State’s 2014 national championship team. Texas needed a Texas Bowl victory over Missouri to have a winning record in Herman’s debut last year. No other Big 12 coach got a vote for this survey
MOST SURPRISING TEAM
The Longhorns have surged to the top of the Big 12 and back into the top 10 nationally after years of mediocrity, and control their own path to the conference championship game. They have their first six-game winning streak since 2013.
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Ranking CFB one-loss teams as the CFB Playoff committee would
ByCHRIS HUMMER Oct 17, 10:05 AM
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS
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Average Scoring Margin: 7.7
Again, there’s a clear tier separation between the Longhorns and Sooners. Texas’ strength of schedule is its best argument. Nobody on this list, outside of LSU, has faced a tougher group of teams. The Longhorns also hold a trio of quality wins (Oklahoma, TCU, USC). But Texas slots behind two teams on this list because it’s played down to its competition. Dominant teams don’t lose to Maryland. Dominant teams don’t play one-possession games against Tulsa and Baylor. If Texas keeps winning it’ll be fine. But that’s why the Longhorns rank third among the one-loss teams despite a resume with an argument to be first.