In his tenure at Texas, head coach Tom Herman has consistently stated the goal for his program is to be in contention for the Big 12 Championship in the months of November and December. It was a mantra he repeated after the season-opening loss to Maryland and at several other points throughout the year. In order to remain in contention for the conference crown, Texas must defeat visiting Iowa State this Saturday.
For Texas, it was a good thing college games are 40 minutes long rather than 34. For 34 minutes on Monday, Texas was even with the ULM Warhawks, a team 218 spots behind them in the Kenpom advanced metrics.
Down Collin Johnson for its game against Texas Tech, Texas knew the Red Raiders would pay close attention to Lil’Jordan Humphrey. They got a front row seat to his game-winning performance.
For Westlake seven-footer Will Baker, the Longhorns’ past successes with big men, the makeup of the current team, the plan to use his unique skillset and Texas’ appeal outside of the gym ultimately led him to commit to his hometown school.
The opening game in Texas head coach Shaka Smart’s fourth season was a night of several firsts.
Head coaches and coordinators that run various iterations of the air raid offense make up a significant chunk of offensive coaching staffs in the Big 12. Texas has faced four of the five main air raid offenses in 2018, with Saturday’s game against Texas Tech the final challenge for Texas against the pass-happy offense Mike Leach brought to the Big 12.
West Virginia QB Will Grier’s perfect 33-yard touchdown pass to Gary Jennings Jr. with 0:16 left gave Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen the chance to go for two and the win. After several timeouts by both teams, Grier took the snap and ran to the end zone untouched to put WVU ahead by one to seal the 42-41 road victory for the No. 12 Mountaineers over the No. 15 Longhorns.
Though Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s defense has put in good performances this year, holding five opponents to less than three scores, it leaves a lot to be desired at the beginning of games and on third down.
Texas head coach Tom Herman has plenty of answers ready to go for a variety of questions. One of his favorites, especially over the 6-0 stretch prior to Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma State, is that his team is looking to go 1-0 every week, and the goal for his team in 2018 is to be in contention for the Big 12 championship.
With any football team, any uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position becomes one of the oft-discussed storylines. There’s uncertainty for both Texas and Oklahoma State as to who will take those first snaps under center, but for Texas head coach Tom Herman, that uncertainty does little to change how he prepares.