Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Pixie Dust Provided: 7 Reasons Texas Beats USC

Vince Young (Will Gallagher/IT)

I don’t think we beat USC in LA because I lack winnerness, but if the Horns pull off the upset in the Coliseum, it’s a good bet we’ll be able to look to these reasons as to why. Every year we lull ourselves into defining teams early in the year (the LA Rams are going to play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl you guys!), but as the season plays out, we often find out that the early glimpses were deceiving.

Texas-SJSU Postmortem: Offense

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Spartans were a bad defensive football team with zero depth, but 623 yards of offense, eight touchdowns and a dominant rushing attack in a true freshman QB debut is vastly preferable to the How Did We Handle Our Scrub alternatives like Baylor (UTSA-17, Baylor-10) and Texas A&M (Aggies-24, Nicholls State-14 – tie game in the 4th quarter at Kyle Field).

Breaking Down Wide Receiver: Part I

Lil Jordan Humphrey at spring practice. (Joe Cook/IT)

The 2017 Longhorns are loaded with talented pass catchers and while strength is never a weakness, it does mean some pretty good players, hyped former recruits and expected veteran mainstays will be on the outside looking in when snaps are doled out over the course of the season. Managing egos will be interesting. Some choices will surprise Longhorn fans, but we’ll see plenty of reshuffling as the season progresses and the staff sees how their talent reacts to live fire.

How Texas can win 10 games

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

A while back I brought the realism in describing the stark reality of the last few years, but today I’m bringing the optimism. Actually, it’s also realism, but a different kind. The realism of understanding that we humans are pattern-seeking animals who tend to imbue temporary trends with permanence. We have a tendency to project the ephemeral forward confidently without considering that many of the factors that underpin our assumptions have changed.