Today the Texas defense shut down the Baylor offense regardless of who was leading it. The UT offense, led by sophomore QB Shane Buechele, was able to put up 31 points on their own to support the defense. Junior and Thorpe Award semi-finalist DeShon Elliott added six points on his own on an interception, and Texas cruised past Baylor in Waco, 38-7.
Baylor is a terrible football team. The unit that showed up at McLane today ended up looking closer to the squad that lost to Liberty than the unit that made gritty comebacks against OU and West Virginia. Probably Texas' defense had something to do with Baylor lacking the will to fight but either way, they ended up allowing Texas to coast to victory.
One of the biggest challenges for defensive coordinators coming to the Big 12 is adjusting to the philosophical reality of how to stop Big 12 offenses. "First we gotta stop the run," is an ironclad rule that was drilled into every defensive coach alive. Gameplans typically start from the perspective of "how do we ensure that we can stop their run game without getting killed by the pass?"
The 0-7 Bears have had a dubious start under new head coach Matt Rhule. Early season non-conference losses to Liberty, UTSA and Duke suggested Bear football the likes of which we hadn't seen since Kevin Steele and Dirty Dave Roberts, but the Bears have slowly turned the corner from laughing stock to scrappers in the space of a few weeks.
Every week, coaches and players of the Big 12 Conference have to answer question after question about the upcoming game. How do we move the football? How do we stop their star player? Who goes into the game in this situation?
WACO -- Defeating the No. 6 ranked team on the road is a tough task. Struggling from the field makes the task tougher, and allowing an opponent to go for 32 points and 20 rebounds makes it almost impossible.
This week's IT Podcast with Justin Wells and Ian Boyd dives into the Good, Bad, and Bigger Picture from UT's 35-34 win over No. 8 Baylor last Saturday. We also preview the UT-Tech contest on Saturday in Lubbock and how the Longhorns hope to corral Patrick Mahomes.
A sign of a good offense is when you're largely unimpressed with the play-calling, but it produces anyway. For the average football consumer, play calling and offensive production are synonymous, but they're same-same-but-different as my Laotian house boy(?) likes to say.