The No. 7 Texas Longhorns are gearing up for the biggest weekend the program has experienced since 2009. The team will face the No. 18 Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday and if they win, they’ll be tuned into ESPN on Sunday to find out if they made it into the College Football Playoff.
Currently outside of the field of four, the ‘Horns will need some help elsewhere as a one-loss team to make it into the big dance. Below, we’ll go over a few programs that UT fans should be rooting for during championship weekend. But again, the caveat here is that they need to take care of their own business against OSU in Jerry World.
Oregon is currently ahead of of Texas at No. 5, but lost to No. 3 Washington on Friday night in Las Vegas. The Ducks would have guaranteed themselves a slot if they had taken down the Huskies. So if you’re the Longhorns, you wanted the Oregon threat to be eliminated.
No. 1 Georgia will meet No. 8 Alabama in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. The Longhorns officially stamped themselves as a playoff contender by going into Tuscaloosa and handing the Crimson Tide their only loss of the season back September. In the event of Bama toppling the Dawgs on Saturday, UT could certainly point to that head-to-head victory as justification for getting in over the Tide. But do you really want to leave open the chance of the committee automatically slotting a 12-1 SEC champion into the field? Of course not. Let’s go ahead and eliminate the Alabama threat by pulling for UGA.
No. 4 Florida State currently owns the final spot in the playoff field and will square off against No. 14 Louisville in the ACC title game. It’s a win-and-in scenario for the Seminoles and they’ll try to do it with backup quarterback Tate Rodemaker filling in for injured starter Jordan Travis. Texas fans should be watching Jeff Brohm XFL clips on repeat and rooting for the Cardinals head coach to play spoiler in Charlotte here. LET’S PLAY FOOTBALL.
No. 2 Michigan is a 22-point favorite, so this ain’t happening, but it would of course be good for the Longhorns if one of the most shocking upsets in a conference championship game ever happens. Steve Sarkisian and Quinn Ewers can ask for a puppy and a Lamborghini too if they wish.