Texas is one of the richest and most prestigious programs in college football. That’s why it’s been so unusual to see the Longhorns mired in mediocrity since the turn of the decade. Texas last won more than nine games in a season in 2009. The Longhorns should be better than they are, and eventually, they probably will.
So when Texas hasn’t been better but has shown hints of it, it’s prompted lots of people to make bold, sometimes joking statements: TEXAS IS BACK. It really became a thing last year, after a season-opening win over Notre Dame:
"TEXAS IS BACK, FOLKS!"— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 5, 2016
The Longhorns were not, in fact, back. And during moments good and bad for the Longhorns since, this has become a Thing. See after the Longhorns lost on a crushing interception in overtime against Oklahoma State in Week 8:
*grabs bullhorn*— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) October 21, 2017
*runs to the top of the tallest mountain*
Texas is back.— Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes) October 21, 2017
Were they Horns after they got a pick-six touchdown on the first series of the year against Maryland in September? Oh, yeah, per all our Twitter jokes:
Texas is back, folks.— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) September 2, 2017
Texas is back!!! Big 12 is back!!! Tom Herman for president!!!— Joey Kinney (@jkinney1987) September 2, 2017
*Texas scores one TD*— ✭FreeZeke✭ (@hrparrishh) September 2, 2017
TEXAS IS BACK!
The tide turned toward Maryland later, though. And when it did:
texas is back folks— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) September 2, 2017
MARYLAND IS BACK!— Necrofeelyaup (@Jacob_Berger22) September 2, 2017
MARYLAND IS BACK, FOLKS!— Brady Tate (@btate95) September 2, 2017
THE EXACT MOMENT THAT MARYLAND FOOTBALL RETURNED TO NATIONAL PROMINENCE! MARYLAND IS BACK! pic.twitter.com/zmdMdIVeBp— Justin (@IDontRentPigs) September 2, 2017
"Texas is back." pic.twitter.com/buEj9Ai85b— Trey (@tr3yseph) September 2, 2017
Right after Texas actually did something good, blocking a Maryland field goal and running it back for a touchdown:
Texas is back!!!— Jerry Ramsey (@TVsJerry) September 2, 2017
TEXAS IS BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK pic.twitter.com/pRxTK51wvI— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) September 2, 2017
Texas is back again! I'm getting seasick— Jeff (@C0WGUY) September 2, 2017
TEXAS IS BACK BABY— Shelby Hart (@Shelby_Hart13) September 2, 2017
Also .........— David Ubben (@davidubben) September 2, 2017
Texas is back.
Is Texas actually back? Still no, but probably soon.
Just not this year. Definitely not this year, as the Horns are now 3-4.