The Texas Longhorns have had one of their most tumultuous seasons in recent memory but head coach Charlie Strong has done what he believes is best for the football program going forward.
I tend to agree with him.
After taking a 41-7 beating last week at the hands of the BYU Cougars, a game Coach Strong said his team was not ready for, they walk into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, facing an even tougher test in the 12th ranked Bruins of UCLA and their quarterback Brett Hundley, a potential Heisman trophy candidate.
The Bruins haven’t exactly had convincing wins in each of their first two weeks, beating Virginia 28-20 in week one and a seven-point 42-35, win at home over Memphis. They aren’t blowing anyone out and they aren’t winning convincingly, so what are the UCLA Bruins really?
Then again, what are the Texas Longhorns? We saw the team that got blown out last weekend against BYU and we saw the team that is being led by quarterback Tyrone Swoopes who isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire. He was supposed to be the next big thing coming out of Whitewright High School and was the talk of the Elite 11 a few years ago.
The comparison made at that time was to Vince Young. Normally that would be a good thing, seeing as Young led the Longhorns to a National Championship victory over the heavily favored USC Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The bad comparison, however, is the little success Young had after his days at Texas were over.
Swoopes has to find his own way to lead this team or Coach Strong might look to former Denton Guyer star quarterback, Jerrod Heard, even though there are some in Austin who don’t believe Heard is ready.
This will be a good test for the Longhorns and a great atmosphere for both teams to really put on a show.
Hundley will get his chance to further solidify his name among the Heisman trophy talk and Swoopes will get an opportunity to prove himself to the Longhorn faithful.
Coach Charlie Strong has done the right thing in getting rid of players who have been bringing this team down and have gotten away with whatever they wanted to for too long.
On the other side, UCLA head coach Jim Mora continues to turn UCLA’s football program around and has continued to make the argument that the Bruins are the better college program in Southern California, though that argument won’t be settled until the Trojans and the Bruins meet on November 22nd.
Both teams have something to prove to themselves, their fans, and, for the Bruins, the voters for the top 25 polls. Are they a 12th ranked team? Are they better than that? Or are the Bruins a tad overrated?
One way to find out, and there’s not a better stadium anywhere for these two teams to do battle.