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Inside the Gameplan: How Texas Beat ND

I’m going to start by broaching a topic that most everyone else will probably stray away from, which is that by beating Notre Dame in front of over 10 million viewers Charlie Strong gave Tom Herman a nice big stiff arm. When the Cougars coach took down the Oklahoma Sooners at noon (“yawn, been there, done that,” says Charlie) with an impressive performance it upped the ante for Texas’ performance the following evening. Charlie didn’t need to beat Notre Dame, very few of us expected that, but he needed to give them a game.
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Things I’ll be watching for versus ND

Like all of you, I’ll evaluate our quarterbacks for gutty moxie, derring-do and the intangible qualities of leadership best codified by L Ron Hubbard. I’ll seek empirical evidence for non ping-pong based team chemistry. I’ll ascertain the pleat depth of Sterlin Gilbert’s Dockers Loose Fits. I’ll muse whether Grambling or the Colorado School of Mines is the better fit for the Big 12 expansion.
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ND’s Safety Bet: Texas Can’t Throw Strikes

When Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced that he’d start proven experience over freshman talent at both safety positions in their season road opener in Austin, it did more than just reaffirm a veteran coach’s natural inclination towards flawed reliability over mistake-prone athletic upside. It opened a window into how Notre Dame views the Texas game and offered a clue as to how they’ll deploy their defensive assets.