The Cowboy defense has plenty of experience and some talent, but they're still smarting from the loss of impact edge players and inconsistent replacements. That deficiency is showing up in their inability to limit the deep passing game and that's the main reason they're surrendering 6.0 yards per play (at a staggering 9.5 yards per pass attempt) despite playing solid defense on money downs, limiting the run and tackling reasonably well. Here's OSU Preview on Defense at Inside Texas.
Forgive me for the combined, abbreviated and late post-mortem, but I got caught in a time crunch and most of what needs to be said has already been expressed beautifully by Coach, Ian and nobis60. A more objective post-game viewing revealed that the offense played a nice game absent three critical areas.
Texas fans turned out for the Cal game in force. It was a nice reminder of how good Texas fans are and can be. The streets of Berkeley were decked in burnt orange and white and I heard several Cal fans remark that it felt like a Texas home game. Walking to the stadium through Cal's sun-dappled, tree-lined campus in flawless 70 degree weather, it was hard to disagree.
I love bears. They're clever, powerful, opportunistic, lovable and terrifying creatures. I'm an outdoor enthusiast and in places like Alaska and Montana, I've encountered dozens in the wild at distances as close as thirty feet.
SpurHorns head coach Charlie Popovich rested every Longhorn offensive starter with a boo-boo. We got to fear for the safety of our day-walking vampire QB, and then watch a competitive game turn into a predictable route with a couple of second half adjustments that led to immediate 3rd quarter scores.
Nothing can go wrong when you draw sweeping conclusions from tiny data sets in sports or financial markets. My rankings are sound science like astrology and alchemy. Also, the Big 12 is a giant flaming garbage barge. If only someone could have predicted that the P5 league with the worst natural recruiting base, minor program success built on excellent individual coaches, early adoption of the spread, and terrible television exposure would see a performance decline over time.