What’s that old saying? “First year of a rebuild, lose close.’’

Texas certainly accomplished that in Tom Herman’s inaugural season. Four of its losses (USC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech) were by a combined 15 points. And that’s not counting the bizarre opener in which Maryland shocked the Longhorns in Austin 51-41.

In other words, that 7-6 debut under Herman could have been a whole lot better.

If three plays go the other way in 2017 and Texas is coming off a 10-3 season, we have a whole different view going into 2018. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.