Texas Longhorns (4-5, 2-4 Big 12)
Current state: After losing 39-14 at Kansas State on Saturday night, the Longhorns have dropped four of their last five games to fall below .500. Texas, the defending Big 12 champion, will have to win two of its last three games — home against No. 10 Oklahoma State, Florida Atlantic and No. 25 Texas A&M — to qualify for a bowl game.
Look ahead: The Longhorns seem to have more serious problems than just struggling to replace departed quarterback Colt McCoy and star receiver Jordan Shipley. The Longhorns’ offense has been a mess, and it still can’t run the ball consistently. Now the defense is giving up a bunch of points, too. Coach Mack Brown might have to make some tough calls with his coaching staff, including whether he needs fresh ideas from a new offensive coordinator.