This was a tough one for the run game because Gary Patterson specializes in stopping the run and will generally do so at the expense of his pass defense until you make him quit. Whereas Texas last year flooded the field in dime and dropped back, daring opponents to try and run the ball on an undermanned front, TCU will flood the field with a pseudo dime but then overload the box so that you’re running into unblocked defenders.
The Texas offense had three performances in one game. One solid, one horrific, one excellent.
Longhorns are 3-1 for the first time since 2012 and have beaten ranked opponents back-to-back for the first time since 2008. The Longhorn defense is the primary reason why.
The buzz around the 40 Acres is real after Texas knocked off another ranked opponent on Saturday from DKR. Diving into team news/notes + recruits react to the win over TCU and overall vibe UT is displaying in the first month of the 2018 season. Tons of quotes in this week’s Scoop.
TCU comes to town representing probably the toughest match-up on the schedule for Texas. This is a battle of divergent styles. TCU is quick afoot and of mind. Texas is bigger, more physical, and maybe a bit more lumbering on the headsets. TCU is mentally tough. Texas has shown to be quite resilient under Herman’s tutelage.
Below are guys who were ranked in the composite top 100 for their senior year.
Prepare to be surprised at the amount of players who didn’t produce as you might have thought, though there is still time for guys in the most recent classes.
At this point TCU is starting to generate the kind of fear and anxiety in Texas fans that Oklahoma used to generate. Texas hasn’t beaten Oklahoma regularly this decade, but they’d done it at times and played them close since Mack left.
Not so with the Frogs.
The North Shore Mustangs have long been the Eastside Houston hegemon similar to their Westside counterparts, the Katy Tigers. That dominance won’t end any time soon as North Shore is on an amazing run of talent, even for them.
Texas fans don’t need to be reminded that TCU has owned the Horns for four consecutive years (the last Texas win was in 2013 against Patterson’s 4-8 team rocked by drug suspensions) outscoring Texas by an average of 38-8. Texas didn’t exceed ten points in any contest. I contend that they were all effectively over by halftime, though if you want to pretend that last year’s 24-7 loss was competitive, you’ll need to ignore that TCU effectively ran clock for an entire half of play once they staked a double digit lead. Progress, I guess.
I’ve got the table early this week, I realized it made more sense to chart it all while breaking down the film as part of my prep in writing the gameplan.