Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

The Definitive Oklahoma State Game Preview – Defense, Specials Teams

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Cowboy defense has plenty of experience and some talent, but they’re still smarting from the loss of impact edge players and inconsistent replacements. That deficiency is showing up in their inability to limit the deep passing game and that’s the main reason they’re surrendering 6.0 yards per play (at a staggering 9.5 yards per pass attempt) despite playing solid defense on money downs, limiting the run and tackling reasonably well. Here’s OSU Preview on Defense at Inside Texas.

Post-Cal Thoughts: Moving Forward on Defense

Malik Jefferson. (Justin Wells/IT)

Texas fans turned out for the Cal game in force. It was a nice reminder of how good Texas fans are and can be. The streets of Berkeley were decked in burnt orange and white and I heard several Cal fans remark that it felt like a Texas home game. Walking to the stadium through Cal’s sun-dappled, tree-lined campus in flawless 70 degree weather, it was hard to disagree.

UTEP Game Review: Offense Post-Mortem

Shane Buechele. (Will Gallagher/IT)

SpurHorns head coach Charlie Popovich rested every Longhorn offensive starter with a boo-boo. We got to fear for the safety of our day-walking vampire QB, and then watch a competitive game turn into a predictable route with a couple of second half adjustments that led to immediate 3rd quarter scores.

Scipio’s Authoritative Big 12 Power Rankings

Malcolm Roach (Will Gallagher/IT)

Nothing can go wrong when you draw sweeping conclusions from tiny data sets in sports or financial markets. My rankings are sound science like astrology and alchemy. Also, the Big 12 is a giant flaming garbage barge. If only someone could have predicted that the P5 league with the worst natural recruiting base, minor program success built on excellent individual coaches, early adoption of the spread, and terrible television exposure would see a performance decline over time.

UTEP Miners Football Preview

Caleb Bluiett. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Head coach Sean Kugler’s UTEP Miners had a promising start to the 2016 season, whipping New Mexico State 38-22 in their season opener on the strength of Aaron Jones’ 249 yard rushing performance (he added another 43 yards receiving). Fresno State transfer QB Zack Greenlee overcame a slow start to go 15 of 27 for 229 yards and throw 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. UTEP led 24-3 at half and then blunted a brief second half rally to coast to a more dominating win than the final score suggests.