Author Archives: Ian Boyd

About Ian Boyd

Ian moved to Austin as a 9-year old, chose the Longhorns over the Aggies thanks to Ricky Williams and never looked back or thought twice about it. After graduating from The University in '09 with a History degree, he's been writing about the strategies and trends of Longhorn football and the game in general.

How to beat TCU

Texas vs TCU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Perhaps the biggest ramification of a win against TCU on Firday would be Texas achieving bowl eligibility after a one year drought. The bowl games themeslves are largely worthless exhibitions, a sideshow to the real achievements represented by winning your conference or reaching the playoffs. However, they carry a lot of fun and perks for the players and some valuable extra practices for the coaches that could be very useful for a program with a lot of youth and a weak grasp of fundamentals.

UT’s roster for a new regime

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The subject of the next football coach at the University of Texas is a big one that we’ll be exploring from a dozen different angles over the course of the offseason. Right now it seems like Tom Herman is the most likely candidate and everyone wants to know “what could we expect from a Herman Texas in year one???”

Here’s just an early snapshot of Herman’s offensive strategy and how it translates to the current Texas roster.

Inside the Gameplan: What’s next for Texas?

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The West Virginia game was the perfect microcosm of the limitations of this Texas team. The Longhorns have the most athletic roster in the entire conference and they play hard every week. In some respects, such as the run game, they’re also highly skilled, but mostly it’s just a team of great athletes fighting like hell every week to get the win. When it comes to the finer points of winning football games such as situational play, fundamentals, or special teams, fielding a pack of untrained dogs doesn’t cut it.

Five Quick Thoughts: WVU 24, Texas 20

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

What a roller coaster season this has been.

The game ended with Shane Buechele talking to WV CB Rasul Douglas (game MVP) and Dana Holgorsen jumping all over his DC Tony Gibson in excitement. The Mountaineers’ “all or nothing” defense, which again was birthed out of the need for something that would allow them to hold Baylor under 60, proved to be effective once again as they held Texas’ young Veer and Shoot offense to only 20 points in a huge road victory for West Virginia and their Big 12 title hopes.

How to beat West Virginia

Charlie Strong (Justin Wells/IT)

The game in Stillwater against Oklahoma State may very well have been the toughest game that Texas has played this season. The Cowboys are just barely balanced enough on offense to attack you where you’re weak, but they specialize in roasting people with their passing game. Their defense lacks impact players but they have an overall soundness and flexibility which allows them to adjust to different opponents every week. Next up: West Virginia.

Reviewing the West Virginia series

Mykkele Thompson (IT)

Texas series’ with West Virginia has had an underrated impact on this decade of Texas football. The Longhorns are 2-2 against the Mountaineers so far with each team claiming both a home victory and a road victory. West Virginia’s entry into the Big 12 hasn’t exactly been a boondoggle for their program and their recruiting base is still Pennsylvania and Florida but they’ve done a credible job against Texas.

Five Quick Thoughts: Escape from Lubbock

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

LUBBOCK — Every week it seems that Texas gets drawn into yet another standard Big 12 game, but this time at last Texas managed to leverage its advantages to control the game and stave off Tech’s attempts. It helped as UT topped the Red Raiders, 45-37, in Lubbock today.

How to Beat Texas Tech

Breckyn Hager. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last year was the second time this decade that Texas had run for over 400 yards on the Texas Tech defense. The Tuberville defenses weren’t quite as paper thin as these Kingsbury units, but they were not particularly stout and Texas stampeded them in 2011 for 439 yards in a 52-20 thrashing in Austin.