AUSTIN — Other than themselves, not many are giving the Longhorns a chance to beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
That stems from the perception Georgia is more physical than Texas and the SEC (Southeastern Conference) is tougher than the Big 12.
But, the Longhorns know a thing or two about toughness and culture changing plays.
A dejected Tom Herman immediately after the loss to OU in the Big 12 Championship on Dec. 1, talked about how his team wants to be prepared to the best of their ability in the Sugar Bowl.
"We can't let this game or its outcome affect our preparation as we get ready to play in that bowl (Sugar Bowl) game," said Herman.
Recent history says that won't be an issue. Tom Herman's Longhorns lost back-to-back games this season, once.
A change in the mentality or mental toughness for plays in which were extended multiple yards. Plays such as receiver Lil' Jordan Humphrey getting gang tackled by an opponent and Humphrey refusing to go down while UT offensive lineman rushed in to push the pile forward.
A culture play as this video from the Texas Football Twitter page emphasizes, "that's a culture play."
"We kinda strive on ourselves making those culture plays just to make a statement," said Texas defensive back, Brandon Jones.
A change in the culture within the program is noticeable in year two of the Tom Herman turnaround.
"To have coach turn this program around and us spread the culture as being the most physical team in the Big 12,"said Texas linebacker, Gary Johnson. "It's not something to say we are a powerhouse. It's just to say, our culture is better than yours."
Year two of Herman's turnaround included four losses by a combined 17 points.
"The games that we've lost, we've hurt ourselves," said Texas quarterback, Sam Ehlinger. "While that's frustrating, I think it's very enlightening to know we are going in the right direction."
UT's Sugar Bowl date with Georgia is New Year's night in New Orleans.