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.
Let’s run through the San Jose State highlight film and show individual player improvements, the difference in OL play, consider what may or may not work against USC and how things can be expanded.
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).
I’ve said my 10,000 foot piece here. I have zero interest in dwelling on Maryland, so I’ll be brief and consolidate my post-mortii? Post-mortems’s? Post-mortememus? Game reviews.
The Longhorns and their 18 man class are currently ranked #2 in the 24-7 2018 composite and the staff has done an elite job recruiting thus far.
A few tips on our opponent and their personnel that will make you the smartest person at your game watch.
Now let’s dive in on the inside receivers and talk about the total package.
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.
The Longhorns have started their Maryland preparation and while DJ Durkin is playing coy with respect to naming his starter, I can read the tea leaves in the crab cakes. Or something.
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.