Texas Football: Better Than the Experts Think

Erik BrewerContributor IApril 10, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns throws a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.   The Longhorns defeated the Buckeyes 24-21.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

In late July, one month before college football kicked off, I predicted that the University of Texas would have a season better than most people would expect.

Some people failed to agree with me but, to their surprise, I was right. 

Texas capped off its best season since 2005, the year they went undefeated and won the National Championship.

Okay, I admit: I did not see them going 12-1 with a win at the Fiesta Bowl last year, so I am in the same boat as you.

But if it weren't for a dropped interception and an incredible catch, they might have gone on to win the National Title again.

In my opinion, this was one of the greatest non-championship winning seasons the Longhorn program has had in its 115-year history.

One of the biggest reasons was the incredible, shocking, and amazing victory that Texas had on the second Saturday of October. Every time I get to watch the highlights of that game, it makes even the worst of days seem incredible.

Sadly, come December, the game was forgotten when it became clear Texas would be left out of the National Title game.

Next year, I feel, could be an even better season.

Texas should have a shot at facing off against Florida in the National Championship if they can go undefeated against the state of Oklahoma. For the first time in years, the shootout in Dallas might not be as important as it has been in the past.

Knowing the Longhorns coaches and players, they will be out for revenge after being shut out of the National Championship by the Sooners, so expect a full-fledged grudge match.

When the Longhorns have to head to Stillwater, expect a scene similar to the one in Lubbock this past season. If the Longhorns can escape these battles, then they should have no problem.

Player-wise, the secondary should be stronger than it has been in the past, even with the previous year's Thorpe winners.

Look for this year's group to be motivated to achieve such status as past safeties and corners.

Earl Thomas, who had an interception for a touchdown in last weekend's scrimmage, should have a break-out season. Chykie Brown, who was a shut-down corner last year, should have an explosive season this year, if he can avoid injuries.

Aaron Williams is expected to make the move to corner, which will be huge because he has the potential to be a crucial part of coordinator Will Muschamp's offensive nightmare.

Two more big moves in the spring were Sergio Kindles, who moved to defensive end where he exploded in high school, and backup quarterback John Chiles, who will be making the move to receiver where he is expected to make an impact similar to the one Michael Crabtree had on Texas Tech's offense this past year.

I will be keeping track of the moves throughout the summer and will keep reporting my opinions on the Longhorns' latest moves and updates. I also might even publish some previews of the Longhorns games.

Thanks for reading.