The Mountaineers have ridden a high powered offense and a favorable schedule to a 7-3 record with Texas and Oklahoma still remaining. Their season upside rests on getting a win at home against the Longhorns. Once firmly on the hot seat, Dana Holgorsen is 16-5 in his last 21 Big 12 contests.
Numbers Don’t Lie is the companion platitude to the You Are What Your Record Says You Are bunch.
It began promisingly enough on the Longhorns’ first offensive play of the game as Shane Buechele connected on a deep post to Lorenzo Joe for a 49 yard touchdown from max protection. Texas had been running that play without success all season and the result suggested that this might be the game where a somnolent Longhorn offense would finally break out of its lethargy and build some much needed confidence. Kansas is good for what ails you, right?
Weird game, right? By several metrics the Longhorns defense completely dominated and they certainly set the tone for the game early. But the eye test really pissed me off at times, even as I tried to maintain the intellectual understanding that three new faces in the secondary will always mean major cohesion issues. It’s also possible that Big 12 officials not understanding that just because every play could be reviewed doesn’t mean they should be set me on edge.
No unbecoming Baylor-style fretting allowed in this thread. Texas will be a .500 football team after this contest. Then the eleven Longhorn students in attendance can rush the field and do their Pokemon harvests.
Losing to Kansas requires a program tap out. The likes of which we haven’t seen since….last year.
The offense and defense Postmortem after TCU’s 24-7 win over Texas on Saturday. Read at your own risk.
50-7. 48-10. 31-9.
Those are the last three scores of the Texas-TCU game fiasco series. None favoring Texas. Tom Herman downplayed recent results in his mid-week presser and he was right to do so, not only because every season brings new dynamics but because that’s what the Longhorn players need to hear. Particularly on offense.
Much of our consternation about defensive recruiting has been focused on the Defensive Line. For good reason. It’s always crucial to get yours there every year. But even after Herman’s purging and our inability to secure 2018 DEs, the youth on our roster is more promising than the conventional wisdom holds. Holdovers like Nelson, Roach and Omenihu are proven assets. And I can make a pretty compelling argument that we’ll have good depth behind them (barring multiple injuries and bad luck) with players like Cummins, Fitzgerald, Wilbon and Graham on developmental schedule. Holes start to show up in 2019 (which is why the 2018 DL matter), but we have to trust the development process.
The Longhorns dominated a respectable Bear offense and held Baylor to their season lows in points (7) and yardage (249). The defense continues to excel on 3rd and 4th down holding the Bears to 1/9 conversions in the first half and 5/23 total for the game. It’s hard to win with a 21.7% conversion rate if you’re not hitting big plays.
The 0-7 Bears have had a dubious start under new head coach Matt Rhule. Early season non-conference losses to Liberty, UTSA and Duke suggested Bear football the likes of which we hadn’t seen since Kevin Steele and Dirty Dave Roberts, but the Bears have slowly turned the corner from laughing stock to scrappers in the space of a few weeks.