No. 9 Texas (2-0) and No. 13 Texas A&M (1-0) are both undefeated, but both fan bases have reason for concern.
Texas A&M was a 31-point favorite against Vanderbilt last week but won 17-12, as quarterback Kellen Mond threw for just 189 yards and lost two fumbles. Texas, meanwhile, needed overtime to outlast Big 12 bottom-feeder Texas Tech 63-56.
The Aggies play at No. 2 Alabama (1-0) on Saturday, while the Longhorns host TCU (0-1), which has won five of the last six head-to-head meetings.
Which coach – Jimbo Fisher or Tom Herman – is under more pressure to win this weekend?
“Oh, wow, I think it’s got to be Tom Herman,” CBS Sports Network Inside College Football host Brent Stover said on The DA Show. “I don’t think Jimbo is expected to beat Alabama even though now he’s in year three and they paid him a lot of money to win national championships. They did not look good [last week] – Kellen Mond, especially, who’s kind of regressed in his career. I don’t think you would expect them to beat Alabama, even if they play real well.”
Texas, meanwhile, allowed 56 points to Texas Tech (1-1), which barely escaped Houston Baptist, 35-33, in its opener.
“Tom Herman and Texas, they got to get that defense shored up,” Stover said. “To give up 56 points to a Texas Tech team that barely beat Houston Baptist and to take on a rival like TCU that’s kind of had the Longhorns’ number in recent years – [Herman] came into the season [under pressure]. ‘All right, look, we can’t win seven and eight games every year at Texas.’ It feels like they’re a College Football Playoff team or a team that should be winning Big 12 championships.
“When you look at the fact that Oklahoma has won five in a row, the fans in Austin are saying, ‘All right, it’s time for us to win Big 12 championships and compete for national championships,’” Stover continued. “So to barely escape a Texas Tech team that’s picked at the bottom of the Big 12, we better see a huge, quick turnaround one week later.”