Earlier this year, I predicted the Oklahoma State Cowboys to be the most dangerous team in the Big 12 in 2017. There were those that disagreed, but not Sports Illustrated’s college football preview, who put them right up there with Alabama, Ohio State, and Florida State
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The Big 12 sent six teams to 2016 bowl games. Four of them won and two lost. Only West Virginia, to me, did not put up a battle worthy of their conference standing.
I am ready to see this Longhorn Football team put back together into units that have a chance to get better with each game they play. With Tom Herman’s arrival, it’s time to build the puzzle with all these pieces.
This was not an easy win.
Texas Tech was coming off an overtime victory over TCU in Fort Worth and the stadium was full of Red Raider fans. It was only two weeks ago that Tech QB Pat Mahomes and his receivers put up 59 points on Oklahoma before their home crowd. But Texas was ready that morning in Lubbock.
In case you missed it, Iowa State scored 20 points vs TCU, 42 points vs Baylor, and 31 points vs Oklahoma State.
For a defense that has been a joke for the last three previous games and had to be overhauled by head coach Charlie Strong it was rock solid performance that showed his firm hand. It was enjoyable watching the Longhorn defense tackle again.
I don’t know that I’ve seen the Texas defense tackle as poorly as they did in the first quarter of the football game in Stillwater.
It was ridiculous. I mean arm tackling at it’s worst. Just go down the defensive lineup and one by one they allowed Oklahoma State to break loose for first downs, long gains, or scores.
I didn’t see this coming.
In perhaps one of the worst displays of coverage in the Texas secondary, Cal came from behind in the fourth quarter to win this game. The positive here is that these are fixable problems. Strong needs to get his tool box.
Now, how do you like Charlie Strong at Texas and his clear-cut stance forward the conduct of the Longhorn football players? Those parents who helped their son make the decision to attend the University of Texas have no doubts about what will be demanded of their son as far as his conduct while in Austin as a member of the Longhorn football team.
If you haven’t noticed, many of the early magazines are already on the newsstands about College Football for 2016.
As best I remembered the following: “Not only does a QB have to be smart but tough. That’s why I let them get hit in the spring. I want to know how they will react, as does the rest of his teammates.”