Baylor's offense was as bad as I promised they would be and the Longhorn D got a confidence boost after some tough spots against the last few opponents. The Bears were missing two starting offensive linemen and Charlie Brewer looks like he's permanently depleted from the beatings he's taken over the last few years, but encouragingly, Texas didn't make many mental mistakes and Chris Ash honed in on the handful of competencies that the Baylor offense has.
The Baylor Bear program has been racked by COVID issues - 42 players have tested positive so far - and that fact paired with (overly) aggressive contract tracing protocols, has forced them to cancel 3 of their 5 games this season. Those players appear to all be fine now and it looks like it's starting to come together in Waco.
This is not a historical reprise of the intricacies of every hire in Texas football history. Let's keep this manageable. What I will illustrate is how often Texas, a clear Top 10 national football program, has thought small and/or hired unproven more often than not in its program history. History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme and our rhymes owe more to MC Hammer than Eric B and Rakim, if you catch my drift.
It's only Game 4 and the Texas offense is broken. Again. Right on schedule. Four years after starting as a true freshman, Sam Ehlinger is back in a familiar place, relying on improvisation, running for his life, trying to win games bearing the weight of the program. Doing his best to carry a struggling offense over the goal line, Herman's heels dug in so deep that you can plant tobacco in the furrows.
The Texas defense matched the inconsistent output of the Texas offense. If I’m going to hold that the Texas offense wasn’t quite as good as 63 points on the scoreboard suggests, it’s only fair to point out that the Texas defense wasn’t quite as bad as a series record 56 points allowed implies.