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After Texas plays LSU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma over the course of six weeks, which could be the three toughest games they play all year, things really slow down for the Longhorns. The next three games include a home date with Kansas the week after the Red River Shootout, a road trip to the Fort to play TCU, and then back to Austin to host Kansas State.
For the Texas offense this stretch won’t necessarily be a cake walk. Attacking the Jayhawk defense in Austin isn’t one of the challenges of Big 12 round robin life but the TCU and K-State defenses will bring a lot more grit, discipline, and overall talent than most of the rest of the league. They’ll also be different. LSU and Oklahoma figure to be more fluid up front and mix in some three-down looks while Oklahoma State has a lot of varying pressure packages designed to help their DL find leverage. TCU and Kansas State play classic, four-down defense that aims to control the game up front and set up a versatile, base nickel defense to move around and squeeze your favorite schemes and players.
Whatever Texas finds on offense in the first half of the season they’ll need to carry into this stretch in order to effectively attack these teams and establish themselves as a true Big 12 champion with the ability to light up good defenses and avoid off weeks. We’ve yet to see a team win the Big 12 this decade with defense, it’s always been via an offense that can go win shootouts as needed.
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