When I was a kid, probably eight or nine years old, I had a boil on my back. I don’t remember much about it, and haven’t thought about it for years until I was ruminating on the West Virginia game this morning.
AUSTIN — After defeating the No. 24 West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, Texas earned bowl eligibility with its sixth win. It is a huge milestone for head coach Tom Herman and the rest of the Longhorn staff and team, as another December spent at home would have severely impeded what the first year coach wants to build during his time in Austin.
MORGANTOWN, WV -- Texas entered Saturday’s game at No. 24 West Virginia winless in 2017 against ranked opponents. Stopping WVU quarterback Will Grier was a tough task, but Texas had its own difference maker on the offensive side of the ball in junior Connor Williams, back for the first time since USC. Texas rushed for more than 230 yards behind an invigorated offensive line and held the potent Mountaineer offense in check after WVU quarterback Will Grier’s injury to earn bowl eligibility in a 28-14 win.
Texas travels to Morgantown for a battle with West Virginia. A win makes UT bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. But the Horns must stop Captain Red Bull and the Mountaineers. It's Gameday, y'all.
The Mountaineers have ridden a high powered offense and a favorable schedule to a 7-3 record with Texas and Oklahoma still remaining. Their season upside rests on getting a win at home against the Longhorns. Once firmly on the hot seat, Dana Holgorsen is 16-5 in his last 21 Big 12 contests.
What I'll be looking for in the press conference is if there's any mention of offensive coaching dynamics changing and any prominent changes in player personnel. If he doesn't add color to those two questions I will offer what we've been hearing. Things are pretty interesting behind the scenes. Plus, tons of recruiting in the Scoop.
The TCU and Kansas State games are essentially the key tests for how close Tom Herman is to realizing his vision for the program. You want to play great defense and be the most physical team on the field every week? That's great, but that's what these programs are all about as well and you're not going to beat them at their own game on accident.
Today the Texas defense shut down the Baylor offense regardless of who was leading it. The UT offense, led by sophomore QB Shane Buechele, was able to put up 31 points on their own to support the defense. Junior and Thorpe Award semi-finalist DeShon Elliott added six points on his own on an interception, and Texas cruised past Baylor in Waco, 38-7.
It’s time for Fletchers corny dogs, overpriced stuffed animals, and a fist fight between the burnt orange and boomer Sooners. Texas is hosting an impressive allotment of prospects, especially 2019, where UT is looking to make a dent in as soon as they finish up this Top 5 composite 2018 class.