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Thanksgiving leftovers in the Humidor

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The West Virginia win was big in many regards. We’ve been mentioning how big the win was for team psyche and long-term buy-in, but it was also a good opportunity to raise some money for the school. A booster or two took it upon himself to get the hat passed around and a significant amount of money was pledged in a short period of time. Even at the season’s lowest points we mentioned Herman was under no heat from the school or boosters but that doesn’t mean key players were in a hurry to part with money. The WVU win was a nice little windfall for your struggling little athletic department.

Scouting the Texas Tech Red Raiders

Kris Boyd. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The 5-6 Red Raiders are 2-6 in Big 12 play and fighting for a bowl bid. Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are fighting for a winning regular season and program buy-in.

Neither set of motivations will matter one bit after the first play of the game and the pads start popping.

Inside the Gameplan: Awaiting Texas Tech


Texas’ victory over West Virginia was a bit fortuitous in that they finally got to face a diminished opponent when Will Grier broke his finger rather than yet another top quarterback and offense, but it was no less a breakthrough for this team. The defense smothered the Mountaineers throughout the day and held them to only seven points, but that wasn’t the big win for the day.

The Inside Scoop – 11/20/17

Tamauzia Brown. (Justin Wells/IT)

We dive into Texas Longhorns Football from the full scope. New 2018 and 2019 recruiting as the HS playoffs begin. The Longhorns look to finish up an already stellar class in 2018 while growing and building relationships with the 2019 group. The Scoop is looking forward to bowl practices.

Texas-West Virginia Postmortem: Offense/Defense

Connor Williams. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Appalachian rain couldn’t stop Longhorn reign. Texas finally got a break – of Will Grier’s finger – in a season that had featured precious few. Grier’s middle finger was the best six-Point Break since Patrick Swayze was robbing banks and Johnny Utah wasn’t having it. The Texas-West Virginia Postmortem: Offense and Defense.

Fridays in the Humidor – 11/17/17

Connor Williams. (Will Gallagher/IT)

By now you’ve heard Cade Brewer is out for the remainder of the season. That’s bad enough, but that bad news is compounded by him missing the spring as well. Perhaps Andrew Beck will be back but for a team still working on offensive identity going into next year this isn’t good news. Last night we heard Brewer was on crutches….

Inside the Gameplan: West Virginia

Jason Hall. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Dana Holgorsen has a reputation as the Air Raid coach who will actually run the ball. Or at least, that was his claim to fame before Lincoln Riley took over at Oklahoma and built the juggernaut that is the Baker Mayfield Sooner offense. Holgorsen was in early on RPOs (run/pass options), spread-I formations, and using the spread as a means to throw play-action bombs down the field. He’s moved further and further towards Art Briles’ style, particularly this season with the strong-armed Will Grier at QB.

Clarity on numbers? Sorta.

Brennan Eagles and Al'vonte Woodard (Justin Wells/IT)

Like everything with the NCAA, finding clarity on “initial counters” (signees who count towards the 25 man class limit) is much more difficult than it should be. Finding the actual, new NCAA text is proving difficult.