Ahead of next weekend’s Red River Rivalry game, Texas head coach Charlie Strong will take over the play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, as has been confirmed by Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports. The decision comes following back-to-back losses for the Longhorns in which they allowed at least 49 points in both games.
Things started so well in Austin this season, that when the Longhorns were ranked No. 11 in the nation heading into Week 3, it was almost as if everyone had forgotten that head coach Charlie Strong was still having his job whispered about. Now two weeks later, following losses to Cal and Oklahoma State on the road, the whispers will turn into full-blown roars should the Longhorns come up short against their arch nemesis, the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.
When Texas knocked off Notre Dame 50-47 in an overtime classic to start the season, there was reason for optimism going forward. Then the Fighting Irish lost twice more and the win no longer looked so convincing. In their first four games total, Texas has allowed 153 points.
While the Longhorns have gotten off to a slow start once again, the Sooners are not used to the feeling of sitting at 2-2. Last season, Texas upset Oklahoma for their only regular season loss, ahead of the Sooners making it all the way to the College Football Playoff before losing in the semi-finals. While it seems neither team is destined for the CFP in 2016, the winning head coach may have his job spared for at least another week.