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The West Virginia game was the perfect microcosm of the limitations of this Texas team.
The Longhorns have the most athletic roster in the entire conference and they play hard every week. In some respects, such as the run game, they’re also highly skilled, but mostly it’s just a team of great athletes fighting like hell every week to get the win. When it comes to the finer points of winning football games such as situational play, fundamentals, or special teams, fielding a pack of untrained dogs doesn’t cut it.
West Virginia has some good athletes, like every other team in the conference, but their percentage of blue-chippers is lower than what you find on the Texas depth chart. What they do have to a higher degree than most of the league is skill, by virtue of having lots of players who’ve been in the program for a long time and understand how to fit into the Mountaineer system.
For a dozen different reasons, Texas doesn’t have a roster with players that are both great athletes and three-year program veterans that understand the Texas way to win football games. I see two areas in particular where Texas needs to develop skill that would allow this team to make the most of having a squad of hard-fighting athletes.