The Texas Longhorns (3-4) have dropped four of their last five games following a 2-0 start. They’ve allowed 45+ points four times this season and have lost by a touchdown to less against Cal, Oklahoma and Kansas State.
Charlie Strong is now 14-18 at Texas, and at this rate, it seems like it’ll be a miracle if he makes it through the season.
“It feels like he’s running his course here,” CBSSports.com college football writer Jon Solomon said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “There’s this lack of discipline on the field, just a lack of detail is really what it is on offense, on defense. One week, the offense is the one that’s struggling; the next week it’s the defense.”
Texas hosts No. 8 Baylor (6-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. While the Bears are undefeated, they’ve also played one of the easiest schedules in America. They’ve only beaten one team with a winning record (Oklahoma State), and four of their wins have come against teams currently 1-6.
“To be honest, I wouldn’t be shocked if Texas beat Baylor this week,” Solomon said. “It would be such a Charlie Strong type win when you think he’s totally down and out, he pulls one out. I’m not sure really how good Baylor really is. So it wouldn’t shock me if Texas wins this week, but I don’t know how Strong ends up saving himself unless he goes on some incredible run here.”
While Strong is likely on his way out at Texas, Gus Malzahn may stick around at Auburn. The No. 15 Tigers (5-2) have won four straight games following a 1-2 start.
Has Malzahn saved his job?
“Yeah, I would say so for this year – barring an utter and total collapse that you just don’t see coming the way they’re playing,” Solomon said. “It’s really interesting how they’ve transformed their team. They’re really dominating again on both lines of scrimmage. The defensive line is really good. That’s been good all year. They’ve got a lot of good, young bodies, and they can rotate in and out. But the offensive line is really impressive. They’ve just become a downhill running team and run it down your throats. What’s amazing is they’ve lost so many running backs the past several months, and yet, they just continue to run the ball. They’ve really transformed themselves during the season. That’s what happens. Sometimes teams improve as the year goes on.”
Auburn plays at Ole Miss (3-4) this Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET.