From the beginning it was always Charlie Strong’s intention to install a run-based, ball control offense that could beat down Big 12 defenses and protect his own defense. His once innovative 3-3-5 defense was heavy on disguised blitzes and shifting fronts designed to disrupt opponents. Gameplans for college defenses rarely have enough disguise or variety to hold up under the microscope of spread offense for 70+ snaps a game.
While Major Applewhite is officially taking over Houston for their bowl game (the Las Vegas Bowl), both of Herman’s Cougar coordinators be there for this game and Applewhite will be incentivized to make this game count as he seeks to continue the program momentum built up by Tom Herman. If you want to get a final glimpse of what Herman’s Houston team looked like and aren’t one to dig up old games on YouTube, this is a great opportunity.
I thought Ehlinger’s signing was worthy of some focus since it is my estimation that Texas just signed the best QB in the class, the best QB they’ve signed in perhaps a decade, and the perfect trigger-man for Tom Herman’s offense.
One of the most overlooked aspects of college football is the way that every program and every recruiting base is different. There’s tremendous overlap that’s easy to pick up on but there are also differences from state to state and program to program varying from resources, weather, demographics, and culture that really add up. Consequently, different programs are going to reach their ceiling through different strategies.
One of the savvier political moves that Charlie Strong made at Texas was to tell the broadcast team for the Baylor game that “no matter who’s coaching Texas next year they’re going to be a 10-win team.”
Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage…eh whatever. Have fun in the Texas bowl, TCU.
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.
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.
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.
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.