Ultimately, Texas needs to win the Big 12 in 2020. This team’s confidence, judging by the tumultuous offseason and their track record under Tom Herman in the last few seasons, probably needs some early wins against LSU and Oklahoma. The goals of the season though shouldn’t necessarily be impacted by either of those outcomes.
Texas’ offense produced more drives resulting in zero or fewer yards than drives ending in touchdowns in a 23-21 loss to Iowa State that eliminated the Longhorns from Big 12 Championship contention.
That game absolutely looked like two heavily flawed teams with conference title hopes leaving everything they had on the field in pursuit of a big win. Evidently Iowa State's bad luck streak was no match for Texas' horrendous initial game plan and then end of game management.
Texas’ inherent advantage against downhill, ball control teams bore out again in their 27-24 victory over Kansas State. As skilled and multiple as the Wildcat senior OL and run game may be, Texas had them beat in the trenches with their superior DL play. K-State’s attempts to run power from multiple formations then use that to create play-action fell flat because they couldn’t control the box with their base schemes.
Iowa State might be the best 5-4 football team in the country. They've lost 4 games by a total of 11 points. They average 6.9 yards per play on offense and surrender only 5.2 yards per play on defense. For comparison's sake, that +1.7 yards per play differential contrasts tellingly to 6-3 Texas at -0.1. For the record, undefeated LSU is at +2.5.
Things almost got interesting there at the end...again, but then Joseph Ossai won to the QB on a stunt and knocked the ball out for his senior teammate Charles Omenihu to recover and that was that. No more late game shenanigans and hiccups this week as the Longhorns finally put their opponent down and held them there until the clock ran 00:00. My Five Quick Thoughts.