Scipio Tex goes over final push before NSD2 for the Longhorns’ 2018 class, analyzes the CFP championship game between Alabama and Georgia, and offers some notes on the NFL Divisional Playoff round.
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It happens. Every year. Some Texas fans find contorted, self-hating reasons for pulling for the Oklahoma Sooners. Let’s explore their thinking obvious mental disorder.
Texas secured a winning season and a double digit bowl win with defense and special teams. So those units will rightfully lead the postmortem charge. The Longhorns held Missouri to only 16 points in the Texas Bowl after the Tigers scored 45 points or more in their last six games. The Longhorn defense never wavered, even after Missouri scored an early 3rd quarter touchdown on a 79 yard bomb so decisive that their QB taunted us by struggling to put on a sports bra. In retrospect, I think he was intimating that he lacked support, which eventually proved true.
The Tigers are riding a six game winning streak into the Houston Bowl, but a closer look at their overall season and schedule suggests they’re more Paper Tiger than Man Eater. They may not be terrorizing the Sundarbans, but a thoroughly mediocre Longhorn team further depleted by injuries, suspensions and early NFL entry may not be strong enough to hold up against Missouri’s paper cuts and kitten claws.
Hires can only be judged based on the pool of candidates available. On that basis alone, Texas A&M made a good hire for their program. It’s an objectively strong hire anyway. If a 6-6 Longhorn season and a roster hit by early entry isn’t sufficient to catch Tom Herman’s attention that he’d better maximize his staff and processes ASAP, a national title winning coach hell-bent on dominating Texas recruiting 2 hours to his East might just do the trick.
The Longhorn safety and Thorpe Award Finalist stuffed the 2017 stat sheet this year with 63 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 9 pass breakups and 3 forced fumbles. He has elected to sit out the bowl game. Like several of his Longhorn defensive peers, he took a significant leap under the tutelage of Todd Orlando and this defensive staff and a player that enticed Longhorn fans as a freshman and sophomore came through with a big third year campaign.
Texas played well enough to win on defense, but the offense didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Texas Tech predicated their entire offense on trying to isolate the Davis duo and the Texas safeties with Keke Coutee and 6’6″ TJ Vasher while sacrificing Dylan Cantrell at the altar of Kris Boyd. When it worked, they moved the ball in chunks. When it didn’t, they were largely dominated.
The game was a fitting bookend to a season that began with a shocking loss to Maryland where Herman and his staff seemed equally without answers.
Tom Herman’s new postgame press conference slogan: Teary eyes, full heart, can lose.
The 5-6 Red Raiders are 2-6 in Big 12 play and fighting for a bowl bid. Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are fighting for a winning regular season and program buy-in.
Neither set of motivations will matter one bit after the first play of the game and the pads start popping.
Appalachian rain couldn’t stop Longhorn reign. Texas finally got a break – of Will Grier’s finger – in a season that had featured precious few. Grier’s middle finger was the best six-Point Break since Patrick Swayze was robbing banks and Johnny Utah wasn’t having it. The Texas-West Virginia Postmortem: Offense and Defense.