So far 2008 has been one of the most enjoyable Lonhorn football seasons in memory. And it’s not just because we’re 5-0 and ranked in the top 5 (although it certainly helps). There’s something special about this team. Maybe it’s the fact that we have a bunch of underrated players like Quan Cosby, Jordan Shipley, Roddrick Muckelroy, and Brian Orakpo instead of one or two standouts. Maybe it’s because Colt McCoy looks laser sharp. Maybe it’s because Major is back.
Whatever it is, I’m not alone in sensing something different — here’s how Barking Carnival sums it up:
“…there is something about this Longhorn team, some intangible feeling that these guys have come to a point, especially on defense, at which they are true believers in their coaches and what they’re being asked to do, that makes me think they will find a way to give Oklahoma one hell of a football game next Saturday.”
The Horns are playing smart, disciplined football and are functioning as a team. I don’t think I’ve ever uttered the words “well coached” and “Longhorns” in the same sentence, but I may have said something to that effect during Saturday’s game against Colorado.
Of course all of these positive vibes may go out the window on Saturday when the Horns match up against #1 Oklahoma. I have no predictions about how we’ll fare but I’m actually not that worried about the outcome. I’m very curious to see how good this team is. We’re certainly going to find out — our next 4 games are against #1, #3, #17, and #7. This has to be one of the toughest four game stretches in college football history.