Texas football is struggling, but to these Longhorn fans,at least, coach Mack Brown isn't the problem.
"He is doing a great job. He's coaching great. He's not the guy out on the field," fan Dave Rangel said.
But not all fans agree. In fact, sports analysts who study the most profitable college football team in the nation argue Brown will have a big problem Monday morning if the Longhorns lose Saturday.
"It's imperative for Texas to win because it could really spiral out of control,” Ed Clements with KLBJ News Radio said. “I don't want to see that. I don't think the Longhorn fans want to see that, but if they lose tomorrow, all heck is going to break loose."
"The reality will start to sink in across the administration that there is probably massive change coming," Chip Brown, reporter for Orangebloods.com, said.
And that wave of change could already be rolling.
Late Friday, a source inside the 40 Acres told Chip Brown, who is also a frequent YNN contributor, that Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds could be pushed into retirement by the end of the year.
“So his successor could come in and name the new coaches if need be,” Chip Brown said.
Both the University of Texas and Dodds himself denied the report.
"I love my job, I love the people I work with, and I love The University of Texas. I have no immediate plans to retire, but when I do, we will let everyone know well in advance so that people do not have to speculate,” Dodds said in a statement to media.
But one thing remains clear.
"I think this game is one of the most important of the Mack Brown era," Brown said.
Because if the Longhorns lose this one, the support Mack still enjoys could dwindle, especially from those with the deepest burnt orange pockets.
"When the big cigars start calling DeLoss and start saying ‘We're not giving you any money for that expansion, we're not giving you money for that sky box,’ that's when DeLoss will listen," Chip Brown said.
Mack Brown has been the coach of the U.T. Longhorns for 16 years. Dodds has worked as the school’s athletic director for 32 years.