2007 Texas Longhorns football team enters the field on opening dayView
2007 Texas Longhorn football team (variously "Texas" or "UT" or the "Horns") represented The University of Texas at Austin in the 2007–2008 (2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season) college football season. The team was coached by Mack Brown, who received the 2005 Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year award (Paul "Bear" Bryant Award). The Longhorns (Texas Longhorns) play their home games in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (DKR), which is undergoing renovations from 2006–2008 to improve older sections and add extra seating capacity.
The Longhorns entered the 2007 season ranked third on all-time college football lists in both total wins and winning percentage. A pre-season ranking by ESPN writer Mark Schlabach had the Longhorns ranked eighth, while College Football News ranked Texas third. The Longhorns came into the season ranked fourth in both the Coaches Poll and AP Poll.
During the summer leading into the season, five players were disciplined for legal infractions, another was suspended for NCAA rule violations, and a coach underwent surgery for cancer. Additional players were suspended during the season.
The Longhorns played games against two opponents they had never faced previously: Arkansas State University and the University of Central Florida (UCF). The Longhorns narrowly achieved a victory in their home opener with Arkansas State, and in their first road game of the season, Texas was the inaugural opponent for the UCF Knights (UCF Knights football) in their new stadium. In preseason speculation, games against Texas Christian University (2007 TCU Horned Frogs football team) (TCU) and Oklahoma (2007 Oklahoma Sooners football team) (OU) were considered among the top 20 games to watch during the 2007–2008 college football season.
The Longhorns lost conference (Big 12 Conference) games to the Kansas State Wildcats (2007 Kansas State Wildcats football team), the Oklahoma Sooners (2007 Oklahoma Sooners football team), and the Texas A&M Aggies (2007 Texas A&M Aggies football team). In two close games, they avoided upset attempts by lower-ranked Nebraska (2007 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team) and cfb linkyear=2007team=Oklahoma State Cowboystitle=Oklahoma State, the latter game involving a 21-point fourth quarter comeback by the Horns. Texas concluded its season by winning the 2007 Holiday Bowl against the Arizona State Sun Devils (2007 Arizona State Sun Devils football team)?another first-time opponent for Texas?bringing their season record to 10–3.
The Horns finished the season ranked tenth in the AP poll and in the USA Today coaches poll. After the season, five UT players entered professional football (National Football League) through the 2008 NFL Draft and four others agreed to sign free-agent contracts with NFL teams.
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Shortconference: Big 12
Headcoach: Mack Brown
Offcoach: Greg Davis (Greg Davis (American football))
Defcoach: Duane Akina & Larry Mac Duff
Oscheme: Spread Option (Offensive philosophy (American football)#The Spread)
Stadiumarena: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
Champion: Holiday Bowl Champion
Bowltourney: Holiday Bowl (2007 Holiday Bowl) vs. Arizona State (2007 Arizona State Sun Devils football team)
Bowltourneyresult: W, 52-34 2007 Big 12 football standings The