There are common reasons to why Utes lost to both USC and Oregon. Offensively, the OL did not allow Tyler to be comfortable in the pocket. He was constantly under pressure. The Utes committed turnovers and could not convert in short yardage situations. Defensively, the Utes gave up big plays and allowed USC/Oregon to keep drives alive on 3rd and long. For the Utes to beat Texas, the OL will need to allow Tyler to be comfortable in the pocket and will need to convert in short yardage situations. On defense, they will need to get off the field and not give up big plays.
I believe a victory over Texas will allow every Ute player, coach and fan to say that this was a very successful season. I am not sure that can be said with a loss.