Change is in the air in Austin, Texas. New head coach Steve Sarkisian is working on ensuring things move in the right direction. Taking on a new job can be a gamble. This risk applies to the employer and the employee. If the program is willing to roll the dice once they should roll them again. You can gamble in a lot of places. But Las Vegas, Nevada is arguably the perfect place to gamble.
According to at least some polls, the Longhorns aren’t ranked in the preseason Top 25. So what? They represent Texas and Texas does whatever it wants. Plus burnt orange always looks good on national TV. Therefore, they should take a gamble and agree to play a game in what some people call Sin City.
Cupcake schedules have watered down college football for a long time. Winning a bunch of games is less impressive when your opponents are terrible. At the same time, crafting a balanced schedule can be tricky. Evidently, a formula for creating schedules exists. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work.
In sports, anything can happen. With that said, the 2021 Longhorns football schedule is lame. Just like boxing, it feels like talented opponents don’t face one another enough. Vegas historically has been a home of major fights. They should host an epic game featuring Texas and a non-conference powerhouse.
Live sports are a very exciting source of entertainment. However, when it comes to college football, ratings make a huge difference. In fact, they contribute to the excitement on a major level. Most likely the Longhorns would be an underdog. Therefore, they would generate even more interest.
If the right teams are chosen, selling tickets isn’t an issue. Plus choosing an ideal location also helps. Vegas is an exciting destination guaranteed to attract fans. Not to mention an NFL stadium is conveniently located and potentially available. All that is missing is a worthy opponent.
Earlier, an SEC juggernaut or perhaps an independent were suggested. Based on rankings, per usual, it looks like the school would be the better option. Clemson and Bama are both worthy contenders. Another alternative could be a Big 10 school such as Wisconsin or Michigan. Both feature the desired popularity and have loyal fanbases.
Neutral field games often bring lots of excitement. Especially when two teams are both very talented. Imagine a sold-out stadium featuring University of Texas fans and fans of another popular program. A perennial SEC juggernaut or even an independent school like Notre Dame would both be viable options. Either way, it would be epic. Hopefully, this possibility becomes a reality and the Longhorns have a chance to play in Allegiant Stadium.
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