The Longhorns fell in Waco along with any slim hopes of tangible upside for the 2019 football season. The scoreboard read 24-10 after a late Longhorn touchdown with 0:01 on the clock, but it felt nowhere near as close as a two touchdown contest. There was a chasm separating the level of play and coaching between those two teams. If you were surprised to see the Longhorn methodically out-coached and outplayed by a more organized, more fundamental, smarter program, then you haven’t been paying attention all year.
Matt Rhule took over a Baylor program that had been set alight by scandal, had massive depth holes caused by lost recruiting classes, a litany of transfers, and horrible PR. He suffered through a 1-11 rookie season, improved to 7-6 in 2018, and now has the Bears at 10-1 in Year Three. He sailed upstream against rough currents and made impressive headway.
Tom Herman was hired at the same time as Rhule. He inherited a much better situation and had and has every conceivable program advantage. Three years into his program, the Longhorns are 6-5 and their quality of play is deteriorating by the week. The staff has been proven deficient as teachers and tacticians and the players continue to make glaring fundamental errors in elementary football basics.
Baylor has coaches that teach the game and a program culture anchored in substance.
The game in Waco was just further proof of that fact.