, Texas (PressExposure) June 17, 2009 -- Many Texas fans are excited about the upcoming 2009 season, which should be quite a success for this Texas Longhorns team. They are returning many of their players from their team last year, including pre-season Heisman trophy front runner quarterback Colt McCoy. The 2008 team finished the season with a 12-1 record including a Fiesta Bowl win against Ohio State to end the season. The season ended with much controversy as the team felt they should have had a shot to play for the national title. The team beat hated rival Oklahoma earlier in the season and still went to play in the national title game when the teams both had the same record at the end of the regular season. Texas fans and alumni consider themselves the Big 12 champions because of the fact that they beat the actual champion Sooners convincingly in a neutral site game.
The team not only returns veteran quarterback Colt McCoy but they also return a very experienced offensive line let by two players who are already on the offensive lineman of the year watch list. These two players are seniors Adam Ulatoski and Chris Hall. They anchor a line that is full of juniors and seniors that should be among the best in the nation on experience alone. The only question mark on this team in the defensive line and secondary positions. The defensive line lost a few players to graduation and the draft and will have to rebuild rather quickly. Also the team has concerns with their secondary which is rather young and in the pass happy Big 12 conference will need to gel as a unit rather quickly in order to compete for a conference and national championship.
The team starts with two rather easy games against Louisiana Monroe and an away game against Wyoming, so this should allow the defense a chance to improve before bigger showdowns against better teams down the road. There biggest test at the beginning of the season will come against Texas Tech. Tech was the only team to defeat the Longhorns in the 2008 season, which came in the final seconds. You can be sure that Texas will be looking for revenge and this early season test will be a good barometer of how good this Texas team can be throughout the year. There are also rivalry games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, as well as their annual showdown in Dallas against the hated Oklahoma Sooners. To say the least, there will be plenty of games for Texas to prove to the country that they are the best team in the land.
The 2009 Texas Longhorns should start the season ranked in the Top 3 and should be able to rise if they keep winning as their schedule is a tough one that will get national recognition for every game that they win along the way. The fans in Austin are excited about the possibilities that come with the start of the season and September 5th cannot come soon enough for the Texas faithful.