Tom Herman with nearly a month of preparation is a pretty good offensive coordinator. He's now proven that in three consecutive bowl games. Of course, the problem is that a head coach playing offensive coordinator with a weak overall staff is going to roll out some dud efforts with limited scouting and preparation time in the season weekly grind. Too many fires to put out.
The favorable matchup caveat notwithstanding, that was an excellent win. The spectrum of Tom Herman coaching performances has a Mo Bamba wingspan but that was up there with his best efforts. The interesting thing with Herman is the bowl prep is counter to the team’s week in, week out intensity during the season-long grind. I wonder if there’s anything to learn from that, anything at all.
SAN ANTONIO -- The Utah Utes entered the Alamo Bowl with the No. 3 total defense, allowing 256.2 yards per game. Teams averaged 70 yards per game on the ground against a talented and disciplined defense.
The conventional wisdom going into this game was that 11-2 Utah who always plays with a chip on their shoulders was going to pound disappointing, coordinator-less Texas in the Alamo Bowl. The problem with that wisdom was that Utah has feasted on teams that don't have the athleticism or skill of Texas and have been able to live between the tackles. Go watch them against Oregon or USC this year and you'll see something similar to the team that showed up in San Antonio.