At 3-5, Texas’ season on the brink of slipping into the abyss

Texas coach Charlie Strong has earned a free pass for the 2014 season, considering how the team was hampered by nine player dismissals, key injuries and an inexperienced roster.

How Strong’s Longhorns finish out the year will frame the expectations for 2015. At this point, it’s bowl game or bust. Four games remain in this 3-5 season that feels like is about to slip into the abyss.

This week’s opponent, Texas Tech, just suffered through a humiliating 82-27 loss to TCU last Saturday. The Red Raiders (3-5 overall, 1-4 in Big 12) always play the Longhorns tough in Lubbock, and this week should be no exception. Kickoff has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Big 12 office announced.

Then Texas then faces 20th-ranked West Virginia, Oklahoma State and those same 10th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs to close out the regular season. On paper, finishing with a .500 final overall record looks like a remarkable achievement at this point.

Before Texas can worry about anybody, the coaches and players will need to clear up some questions that linger from the 23-0 loss at K-State, the team’s first shutout since the 2004 Oklahoma game.

1. Was the D’Onta Foreman fumble supposed to be a handoff or a pitch play to Jaxon Shipley?

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