It was a bit closer than I assumed it would be, but Texas’ win over the Moutaineers has them sitting at 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference (the first 2-0 start in the Big 12 since J’Covan, Jordan, Tristan, Gary and Cory were manning the starting lineup for the Horns).
When Texas is looking to fill a position of need, the staff won’t confine its options to one of high school, JUCO, or grad transfer, rather it will typically weigh all available options and go from there. In some instances they may like their young options and want someone who can fill an immediate gap (or vice versa), but for the most part they’ll always go best player available from the three main tributaries to the program. Talent is talent and they don’t care if you’re a high school player, at Last Chance U, or are ready to move on from your current four-year school as long as you fit the culture and can improve the program.
After several members of Texas’ 2019 class put together a strong showing in the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando, a few more are looking to do the same thing at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
It’s been three days since the Sugar Bowl and still the wildest thing isn’t the win, but the sight of Bevo charging towards UGA. That not only put a charge in the fan base, but also the team. When the clip ran before the game the locker room “absolutely exploded.” I won’t say it made a difference but others who were in that room would disagree. They sure came out hot.
Here was the run game table from Texas’ glorious Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia:
These games are typically anguishing to watch, but I’m looking forward to seeing the commits play.
Great game plan. Great effort. While the Texas offense deserves credit for their ball control effort, this game was won by the Longhorn defense and special teams.
KenPom had Kansas State rated #34 before Texas’ win last night. The Horns 20 point win dropped the Wildcats down to 42.
The main value of this game for Texas is that they’re going to face a playoff caliber program, indeed one that they’d be likely to face if they made the playoffs in upcoming seasons, that isn’t Oklahoma. The Sooners are a great annual test and Texas’ road to the playoffs goes through OU, but it’s valuable to get a feel for where you’re at relative to a program like Georgia. After all, beating an SEC power is not a hurdle that the Sooners have yet cleared.
These calendars go by pretty damn quick. Remember, tonight is amateur hour so be safe if you elect to go out. But also, be the surge.
It’s been a good year for Texas fandom. The 2018 season has served as a useful springboard into 2019. That’s all we could ask for as Tom Herman works towards building a perennial contender.