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Betting On The Texas Longhorns in 2014

Do not bet on the Texas Longhorns to win the college football national championship in 2014 or so says new coach Charlie Strong. Instead, he’s doling out a heaping portion of realism.

Strong formerly coached the Louisville Cardinals. He is known as a tough-minded, strict and fundamentally sound coach who turned the Cardinals into consistent winners (23-3 record in 2011 and 2012, including wins in the Sugar Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl).

Now, Coach Strong will try to turn the Longhorn fortunes to brighter pastures.

"We have everything available, and I don’t know why we can’t be successful," Strong told fans in Fort Worth. "There’s no reason for us not to be. Now, I can’t tell you how soon it’s going to be. Don’t hold me to that. Don’t say, ‘Ooh, coach said next year we’ll be in the national …’ We will not be in the national championship game."

The Texans Longhorns are listed +900 to win the Big 12 Conference; Oklahoma and Baylor are the only two teams with better odds to win it, according to the NCAAF oddsmakers.

Betting On The Texas Longhorns in 2014

  • Week 1 Odds: North Texas vs Texas -25
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +4500
  • To Win the Big 12: +900
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 7.

How Will Texas’ Offense Perform in 2014?

Charlie Strong has his work cut out for him with the Longhorns’ offense as they ranked 82nd in passing yards last season (212.5 yards per game), 36th in rushing yards (196.2 yards per game), and 66th in points scored (29.3 PPG).

Strong named David Ash (30 TDs, 18 INTs in 21 starts) the starting quarterback heading into fall camp, but Ash’s injury-prone past is not something anyone can overlook.

Ash reclaims the starting spot from Case McCoy after concussion symptoms sidelined him for nine games in 2013. Although he appears to be healthy heading into fall camp, the question of how long his health will last will continue to follow him.

Seniors tailbacks Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron, and junior Johnathan Gray will split carries in 2014; they were the top offensive asset of the Longhorns last season and is this year’s best chance for them to collect some wins.

Four of the five top wide receivers are back for Texas this year, including Jordan Shipley, who has 581 yards and 1 TD last season, the best numbers from any WR not named Mark Davis (now with the Oakland Raiders).

How Will Texas’ Defense Perform in 2014?

This defense can make gaps in offensive lines and hit opposing QBs and backfields without a problem, but this defense needs to get back to basics in wrapping up tackles and bringing down ball carriers at the point of contact.

Texas gave up 1,041 yards and ten touchdowns in the first four games of last season. Can new defensive coordinator Vance Bedford make the Texas defense Louisville-tough? His former Cardinal run defense allowed just 1,049 yards and ten touchdowns with no 200-yard rushing days.

The Longhorns have the talent and now with a new coaching staff there is no reason this team can’t improve immediately.

2014 Texas Longhorns Schedule

  • Saturday, August 30 vs North Texas 8:00 PM ET | Longhorn Network
  • Saturday, September 6 vs BYU 7:30 PM ET | FOX Sports 1
  • Saturday, September 13 vs UCLA 8:00 PM ET | FOX
  • Saturday, September 27 @ Kansas | TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 vs Baylor | TBD
  • Saturday, October 11 vs Oklahoma* | TBD
  • Saturday, October 18 vs Iowa State 8:00 PM ET | Longhorn Network
  • Saturday, October 25 @ Kansas State | TBD
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Texas Tech | TBD
  • Saturday, November 8 vs West Virginia | TBD
  • Saturday Sat, November 15 @ Oklahoma State | TBD
  • Thursday, November 27 vs TCU 7:30 PM ET | FOX Sports 1

Texas Longhorns Final Thoughts

A natoinal ranking of 24 plus being listed at +900 to win the Big 12 means one of two things: the Longhorns will make a run for the conference championship or they will just crash and burn. I would bet on the later.

2014 Texans Longhorns Projected Starters On Offense

WR-H

8

Shipley, Jaxon SR/3

WR-Z

2

Sanders, Kendall JR/2

WR-X

7

Johnson, Marcus JR/2

LT

68

Harrison, Desmond SR/1

LG

66

Flowers, Sedrick JR/2

C

55

Espinosa, Dominic SR/3

RG

74

Doyle, Taylor JR

RT

77

Estelle, Kennedy JR/1

TE

82

Swaim, Geoff SR/1

QB

14

Ash, David JR/2

RB

28

Brown, Malcolm SR/3

FB

36

De La Torre, Alex JR/2

 

2014 Texans Longhorns Projected Starters On Defense

BUCK

1

Davis, Shiro JR/2

NT

90

Brown, Malcom JR/2

DT

99

Jackson, Desmond SR/3

DE

88

Reed, Cedric SR/2

SLB

19

Jinkens, Peter JR/2

MLB

33

Edmond, Steve SR/3

WLB

30

Cole, Timothy SO/1

CB

6

Diggs, Quandre SR/3

SS

2

Thompson, Mykkele SR/3

FS

5

Turner, Josh SR/3

CB

21

Thomas, Duke JR/2