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We already talked about the knowns and unknowns for the Texas defense last week and it was an encouraging discussion. Texas had to take on something approximating half of their 2018 offseason defensive rebuild in their bowl practices before taking on Missouri when Holton Hill, Malik Jefferson, and DeShon Elliott were all unavailable. When they proceeded to lay waste to Missouri’s highly rated offense while featuring back-ups, young bucks, and juniors across the lineup that was a pretty good indicator that the 2018 defense was going to end up being just fine.
The offense on the other hand, their final performances of the season were arguably less encouraging than some of the efforts they produced at midseason. What’s more, the offense will now be plugging in several guys that are relative unknowns. There’s an outcome to all of this in which Texas is fielding a very effective unit unlike what we’ve seen from the Longhorns over the course of the decade, but there’s a lot more that has to be sussed out and fall into place first.