College football is starting to heat up again with spring games on the horizon and practices kicking off. It’s still NCAA Tournament time and March Madness has taken center stage, but some of us (me) can’t stop thinking about college football.
Will the 2023 season feature a surprise national champion? Will some underdogs rise in the ranks and win their respective conferences? Will surprise teams from 2022 regress into irrelevance?
The last question is on my brain at the moment.
I’m looking for potential frauds. I’m looking for teams that may have exceeded expectations as major outliers in 2022 and won’t reach that same success in 2023.
Who will be on fraud watch this season?
5. Texas Longhorns
No, Texas didn’t win the Big 12 title last season but the Longhorns did look drastically improved from the previous season and a big reason for that was Quinn Ewers at quarterback.
Heck, the Longhorns nearly beat Alabama early in the season.
But Steve Sarkisian is still the coach and he’ll be facing an unnecessary quarterback battle this offseason between Ewers and elite-bloodline superstar freshman Arch Manning. That might cause some problems in the locker room or it might make Texas one of the best teams in its last season in the Big 12.
A lot of experts are predicting Texas to win the Big 12 this season and while it’d be easy to buy into the hype, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the Longhorns truly “back.”
They are officially on fraud watch.