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Gameplan: Pete Kwiatkowski’s defense

With the hire of Montana State head coach Jeff Choate as inside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian’s staff is now complete. There are some helpful breadcrumbs in some of the title designations and known pay scales to deduce how this staff is going to work together and what the philosophy and approach will be on defense.
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Gameplan: Texas’ RPO-resistant pass defense

The timing of Steve Sarkisian’s defensive hires has been a great puzzle to much of the Longhorn interwebs. First, Mike Stoops was going to come and co-coordinate the defense. Then, it was Will Muschamp until the former Texas DC chose to withdraw from consideration. Next thing Texas fans and commentators knew, the defensive staff was filled up with a pair of defensive back coaches and no defensive coordinator hire within sight.
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Gameplan: Four years of dissipation

It was a little bit difficult to enjoy Texas’ 55-23 thrashing of a bad Colorado team in the Alamo Bowl. It would have been harder for the Longhorns to draw an easier matchup than a team from a league that barely put together a season and who barely even played anyone from said league. No disrespect to Colorado, who honorably made the most they could of their season, but if you thought the 11-2, 2019 Utah Utes or the 9-3, 2012 Oregon State Beavers were a bit overmatched athletically…
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Five Quick Thoughts: Recall the Alamo Bowl

Colorado wasn't a great team this season. The Pac-12 is really approaching a sad state of affairs these days. Last year's 10-win league runner-up was squashed by Texas. This year's 5-1 Colorado drew a Texas putting three new starters on the offensive line and still got smoked. Make no mistake, Colorado was quite bad this year despite their relative success in the Pac-12. Texas handled them like a Longhorn squad should handle an opponent of this caliber by burying them 55-23.