The Horns, winners of 10 straight before Friday, fell to 14-4 on the season and a disappointing 1-2 in Big 12 play. After a Tuesday game with Winthrop at the Disch, Texas travels this weekend to Lubbock for a three-game set with Tech. Although the conference season is in its infancy, the Horns simply can not afford more than one loss to the Red Raiders, who dropped all three games to A&M in their conference-opening series in College Station. And again, history is not on the Horns' side. Like Baylor, Tech has won every series with Texas in Garrido's tenure.
If that trend holds true again this weekend, this UT team, which showed early promise, will be on an early path to league also-ran status. And despite the injury problems this team has faced -- losing Ben King for the season, Brandon Fahey indefinitely with a fractured finger and most recently Ryan France with a season-ending elbow injury -- an also-ran result in Garrido's sixth year would simply be unacceptable.
To ensure that that doesn't happen, the time to win is now.