Texas opened the season as the No. 15 team in the nation and has remained ranked ever since. A loss to unranked TCU on Thanksgiving should mark the end of that run, however. The Longhorns simply don't deserve a spot in the Top 25.
It was an uninspired performance. The Longhorns didn't score a touchdown until three minutes were left in the fourth quarter. They turned the ball over four times and allowed the Horned Frogs to control the line of scrimmage throughout.
TCU ran the ball 48 times—attempting just 10 passes—and Texas had no response. It resulted in over 200 yards on the ground for the Horned Frogs, allowing them to control possession and let their defense do the rest.
That shouldn't happen to a ranked team, especially at home. It's just another sign that the Longhorns have been overrated for most of the regular season thanks to beating up on teams outside the Top 25.
Their only marquee victory came over Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders have since needed overtime to knock off a terrible Kansas team and got blown out by Oklahoma State. So even that win doesn't look so good anymore.
That doesn't mean there shouldn't be optimism about the future. David Ash and Johnathan Gray, who both struggled on Thursday, are on the rise and the defense has been much better over the past month after some earlier disasters.
Should Texas be ranked in next week's polls?
Building the team back up is a work in progress, though. Being ranked, often 15th or better, isn't indicative of where the team truly stands right now.
The voters were willing to give the Longhorns the benefit of the doubt because the roster is certainly filled with players who have upside. However, the results suggest they are at least another season from deserving a spot in the BCS rankings.
Texas does get one more chance to have an impact on the BCS when it takes on Kansas State next week in the regular-season finale. A victory there would be enough for them to earn a spot in the final polls, but anything less and they should be on the outside looking in after the bowls.
The Longhorns' future is still bright. However, given yesterday's performance, they should fall out of the rankings for the first time in 2012.