The Cyclones have an uneven talent level. While I’m generally impressed with their skill players, they lack difference makers in the trenches. If Texas controls the game, it’ll be because our OL can stalemate their front and our defensive line whips their offensive line on running downs so that we can eliminate any guessing games on 2nd and 3rd down.
Coaches often try to downplay a game against an inferior opponent following a tough loss as “a way to take out frustration” in order to keep their players focused and to show respect to the opponent.
On Saturday Texas was who we wrote about, and who you read about in August. We saw why the Texas defense dominated the Texas offense all August.
Now the issue becomes, can Texas sustain its newfound defensive confidence and can the offense make strides week in and week out.
Texas has a quarterback who is clearly the most physical at his position. Another UT quarterback is more experienced, and is thus more familiar with the team’s system. A third has a very special skill set, unique to the others, and also sees very important playing time.
The current controversies of the 2017 Texas season have been brewing for some time now. In many ways it mirrors some of the controversies about the 2008 Texas team, which found solutions that led to one of the best runs by a Longhorn team we’ve seen.
On Saturday we were treated to something we haven’t seen since 2014, quality and consistent linebacker play from the whole unit, rather than poor fundamentals and a sprinkling of athletic WOW plays. Plays were made at the line of scrimmage or behind it rather than 10 yards down the field. They played physical. It was awesome.
Schedules for 2018, 2019, and 2020 Texas prospects.
UT’s coordinators met with the media on Wednesday to recap USC and talk about what needs to be addressed before the trip to Iowa State next week.
The science of roster allocation versus cap space, and needs versus best player available (BPA).
Any Texans fans out there?
Quotes from Tom Herman’s short Tuesday availability.