I understand some of you want me to just tell you who to hire already, but let me gently suggest that you may not be getting the thrust of my points. In the absence of my being read in on pretty crucial information only obtainable through background checks, face-to-face interaction, and long conversations with the candidates, I'd prefer to create some content for the people that might get to do those things while hopefully also providing us all with some considerations to chew on.
The Longhorns blew out the Wildcats in Manhattan 69-31, scoring 66 points in the first three quarters, including a 35 point 3rd quarter explosion. This was probably the best offensive performance of the Tom Herman Era. Not coincidentally, it was also one of the best and most coherent game plans.
I alluded to talking to a couple of people that matter with some insight into the process on the Everyone Gets A Trophy Black Friday podcast on Sunday. These were folks that wanted an Iowa State win on Friday and they weren't a bit guilty about it. After the Cyclone game, I checked back in.
The Texas defense limited Breece Hall to his first sub 100 yard rushing game of the season (Hall carried 20 times for 91 yards, but went for 30 yards and a touchdown on his last three carries of the game), made WR Xavier Hutchinson irrelevant (1 catch), and limited surprise slot starter Tarique Milton to just over 5 yards per reception on 6 catches. In fact, ISU wide receivers totaled a puny 112 yards receiving on 14 catches.
Iowa State pasted Kansas State 45-0 last week, raising their record to a conference leading 6-1 (6-2 overall) with an inside track to the Big 12 title game. All they have to do is beat Texas and handle West Virginia at home to secure a guaranteed berth. In fact, they could lose one of those games and still get in. But that's unlikely.
Texas averages a deceptively impressive 40.4 points per game, but playing UTEP, participating in multiple overtimes, special teams scores, and short fields have juiced the scoreboard in ways that conceal the reality of a struggling unit. Texas averages a seemingly respectable 437 yards per game at 5.9 yards per play, but if you remove the outlier of 74 plays for 689 yards (9.2 yards a pop) against a very poor UTEP, the Horns average a more sobering 5.3 yards per play and less than 400 yards per game.