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.
Charlie Strong was hoping to earn recruit buy-in by October or November in order to maximize his late-cycle closing ability. This is the year results truly matter and excuses and goodwill capital do not. Conventional wisdom held UT needed an 8 or 9 win season - adjusted for context - to keep it's exceptional recruiting run going.
Wow. Clean up a few drops, a few bad snaps, a few missed blocks, a few off target throws and Texas might be mistaken for an offensive football team. That was pure fun. The only thing that would have made it better for me would have been more deep throws.
AUSTIN -- Texas found an offense. Texas found a QB. And Texas also found a way to win in front of 102,315 fans at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sunday night to open 2016. In short, Charlie Strong found an identity. And it involves two signal-callers.
Well, that was nice. Texas came out and physically beat the crap out of a legitimate top 10 team (let's not pour on silly denigrations on the Irish, that team was good and even better in some ways than I expected).
It's game day, y'all. After one of the craziest offseasons in recent memory, there will be football tonight at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium when the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame invade the 40 Acres to take on the young and hungry Longhorns of UT.
And the Lord said, 'let there be football.'" We're 33 hours from the 2016 Texas Football season. It's the most anticipation I've felt for the Longhorns since 2012. Maybe even 2009. In the last four months, Eric and I have done our best to convey what we expect to see tomorrow night at DKR.
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.
Vegas only has the Irish as 3.5 point favorites in this game, which is unusual for a Texas game who’s fans traditionally love to pour money in on. I can understand the line, there’s a lot to like about this matchup for Texas. But let's take a look.
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.