The Mountaineers have ridden a high powered offense and a favorable schedule to a 7-3 record with Texas and Oklahoma still remaining. Their season upside rests on getting a win at home against the Longhorns. Once firmly on the hot seat, Dana Holgorsen is 16-5 in his last 21 Big 12 contests.
Playoff schedules for Texas commits and targets.
Quotes from Todd Orlando and Tim Beck at their Wednesday availability.
Dana Holgorsen has a reputation as the Air Raid coach who will actually run the ball. Or at least, that was his claim to fame before Lincoln Riley took over at Oklahoma and built the juggernaut that is the Baker Mayfield Sooner offense. Holgorsen was in early on RPOs (run/pass options), spread-I formations, and using the spread as a means to throw play-action bombs down the field. He’s moved further and further towards Art Briles’ style, particularly this season with the strong-armed Will Grier at QB.
Like everything with the NCAA, finding clarity on “initial counters” (signees who count towards the 25 man class limit) is much more difficult than it should be. Finding the actual, new NCAA text is proving difficult.
Forty-five minutes before the Texas Longhorns were set to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats, Texas announced that freshman center Mohamed Bamba would miss Tuesday’s game after suffering a concussion on Sunday. As a result, Texas head coach Shaka Smart had to insert a different freshman, Jericho Sims, into the starting lineup.
Numbers Don’t Lie is the companion platitude to the You Are What Your Record Says You Are bunch.
It began promisingly enough on the Longhorns’ first offensive play of the game as Shane Buechele connected on a deep post to Lorenzo Joe for a 49 yard touchdown from max protection. Texas had been running that play without success all season and the result suggested that this might be the game where a somnolent Longhorn offense would finally break out of its lethargy and build some much needed confidence. Kansas is good for what ails you, right?
You won’t find this surprising, but in my opinion it’s been time to offer the 6-foot-7, 280 pound (per his coach) Clear Lake product.
Weird game, right? By several metrics the Longhorns defense completely dominated and they certainly set the tone for the game early. But the eye test really pissed me off at times, even as I tried to maintain the intellectual understanding that three new faces in the secondary will always mean major cohesion issues. It’s also possible that Big 12 officials not understanding that just because every play could be reviewed doesn’t mean they should be set me on edge.