The 2014 season for the Texas Longhorns will begin the dawn of a new era in the rich history of Texas’ football. The Longhorns will enter the 2014 season with a new coach for the first time since the 1998 season. Mack Brown stepped down this offseason due to a span of four down seasons at Texas. The Longhorns will welcome former Louisville Coach Charlie Strong to the sidelines this season and the atmosphere of Texas football is sure to change.
The Longhorns under Brown had entered a stage of relaxation and this was causing issues internally and on the field of play. Strong was brought in to bring back the toughness and fire that has been missing since the 2009 season in which Texas played in the national championship game. The 2014 Longhorns will have a different look, but what should we expect this upcoming season for the Longhorns?
I feel you will see a new sense of urgency on both offense and defense in 2014. Players will not feel a sense of entitlement like in previous years. Brown provided a too relaxed atmosphere that players began taking advantage of and that was a huge part of his undoing at Texas. Strong will have them playing inspired and physical on defense where he has built his reputation over the years.
As we take a look at the 2014 Texas schedule the huge game every year is of course against long time rival Oklahoma. The Red River Rivalry is usually the swing game for Texas in whether the season goes north or south. The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma last year 36-20 in what was the biggest win by far of the season for the Longhorns.
The Longhorns also have a key out of conference game on September 13 against the UCLA Bruins. A win for Texas against a potentially highly ranked team in UCLA would do wonders for the confidence of Texas. The game will be played in a neutral site in Arlington, Texas, but Texas should obviously have the home crowd behind them.
The key to the entire 2014 season for Texas will be confidence and getting accustomed to a new coaching staff. A successful season for Texas in 2014 I feel would be 9-3 and a top 20 finish in the polls. These are not the usual high expectations Texas is used to, but in the first year with Strong this would be a nice start to his career at Texas. It will be a nice season for Texas as they build for the future ahead which appears to be very bright in Austin, Texas.
Here is the full 2014 Texas Longhorns’ schedule.
Saturday, August, 30- North Texas Mean Green
Saturday, September, 6- BYU Cougars
Saturday, September, 13- UCLA Bruins (played in Arlington, Texas)
Saturday, September, 20- No Game
Saturday, September, 27- at Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, October, 4- Baylor Bears
Saturday, October, 11- Oklahoma Sooners (played in Dallas, Texas)
Saturday, October, 18- Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, October, 25- at Kansas State Wildcats
Saturday, November, 1- at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday, November, 8- West Virginia Mountaineers
Saturday, November, 15- at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday, November, 22- No Game
Thursday, November, 27- TCU Horned Frogs