Here’s how Texas ran the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
It always has to be close. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a team that is less effective at putting opponents away. Tom Herman still seems to be adjusting to the fact that these Air Raid teams aren’t going to play by conventional rules. They’ll load the box and bring run blitzes, recklessly so even, and make you either score quickly and embrace the shootout nature of the game or else run into a mass of bodies a few times and then punt the ball back to them.
Shortly after Texas came up short against the West Virginia Mountaineers, the team that we all thought was going to provide the real problem for Texas played in primetime against the Sooners. Texas Tech gave Oklahoma their best shot, picking off Kyler Murray twice to start the game and managing to get 46 points on the board only to come up short in a 51-46 defeat.
Like most everyone else, West Virginia opted to bring another defender to the box to account for the extra gap Texas could create in various schemes with Andrew Beck. That’s actually their preference anyways and they’ve been very solid at playing over the top at CB and FS. The question was how Texas would attack them.
A gut wrenching loss in Austin. Dana Holgorsen predictably took the Mike Gundy gameplan on offense, made a few tweaks for his own team and personnel, and then went out and took it to the Texas defense for 578 yards of offense, 42 points, and most devastating of all for 232 rushing yards.
There’s a lot of confusion around college football about how good this West Virginia team really is.
Here are my Five Quick Thoughts following Oklahoma State’s 38-35 win over No. 6 Texas tonight.
That game had the makings of another classic in which Texas gave up a big lead to OSU early only to rip their hearts out late. Of course at other points in the game it had the makings of a Cowboy blowout victory. Ultimately OSU had just enough juice in the tank, and an absurdly effective trump card, to hold on for dear life when the Texas offense finally showed up.
Texas is looking at a final path through the conference that is filled with potential landmines of the sort that would never seriously concern a truly “back” Texas.
Since Texas didn’t play this weekend I figured I’d offer up a sort of midseason report on the Texas run game as well as offer an official glossary and breakdown for the run schemes that we’ve seen this season.
We’ve reached the “Todd Orlando’s playground” portion of the 2018 football schedule. The upcoming slate goes at Oklahoma State, West Virginia, at Texas Tech, Iowa State, at Kansas. All of these teams are built from the Air Raid save for Iowa State and they all want to throw the ball down the field first and foremost…