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Scipio Tex: The West Virginia Preview

Texas, West Virginia

The 7-1 West Virginia Mountaineers comes to Austin ranked 10th in the nation, the Big 12’s surprise dark horse. They’re the anti-Texas – a team of media-starved veterans exceeding expectation. The only thing they seem to have in common with the Longhorns is their willingness to balance their spread attack with the running game and a base 3-3-5 defense.

Unlike us, they installed their defense in August.

Texas Tech Postmortem: Defense

Malik Jefferson and Breckyn Hager team up on the tackle. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Texas Longhorn defense surrendered 16 points in the 1st quarter against Texas Tech (could’ve been 17, if not for Poona’s paw) as the Red Raiders employed muscle memory blitz beaters and easy pitch-and-catch to whip our normal defensive looks. Patrick Mahomes has never seen a slot blitz before! Whatever will he do? Besides throw to his hot route for an easy 20…

Texas-Baylor Postmortem: Defense/Special Teams

Bryce Cottrell sacks the QB (Will Gallagher/IT)

It’s hard to praise a defense that surrendered over 600 yards of offense and defended the running game like my stomach against Nuevo Laredo street meat, but the effort level was good and there were some old reliable bright spots along with some encouraging developments in the secondary. Five or six guys played good football for us. Home games seem to at least ensure some degree of focus.

Texas-Baylor Postmortem: Offense

Kent Perkins and Zack Shackelford (Will Gallagher/IT)

A sign of a good offense is when you’re largely unimpressed with the play-calling, but it produces anyway. For the average football consumer, play calling and offensive production are synonymous, but they’re same-same-but-different as my Laotian house boy(?) likes to say.

Scipio Tex: K-State post-game reaction

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

I offered the Wildcat game plan in the game preview. So I’m sure none of us were surprised. I don’t think my heart rate broke 100. Grind, possess, take the air out of the ball. Even though KSU uncharacteristically derailed their own Wildcat ball with three second half turnovers. They scouted us well and it showed on key downs. Texas won 1st and 2nd more often than not. The Wildcats won 3rd and 4th down. That was the difference in the game. That written, I didn’t expect Texas to help KSU execute their game plan.