Texas series’ with West Virginia has had an underrated impact on this decade of Texas football. The Longhorns are 2-2 against the Mountaineers so far with each team claiming both a home victory and a road victory. West Virginia's entry into the Big 12 hasn't exactly been a boondoggle for their program and their recruiting base is still Pennsylvania and Florida but they've done a credible job against Texas.
Charlie Strong has been at this intersection before. But instead of turning the corner, Texas has always managed to paint itself into one. That’s why Saturday’s outcome against No. 10 West Virginia will speak volumes about the direction of the program.
This season may not have turned into a title fight like so many hoped after the Notre Dame win, but Texas and Charlie Strong can still go the distance if it wins the championship 9th-12th rounds. Typically to do so, a fighter is required to have a granite chin and stamina, all the while retaining skill. That hasn't exactly been a hallmark of this team -- to put it mildly -- but Texas has a puncher's chance to win the final four rounds due to good scheduling fortune, UT's offensive ability, and the fact the Big 12 is a traveling pack of midget wrestlers this season (and probably many after).
The numbers Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense has put up in the 2016 season are in part due to the multiple looks he can give opposing defenses. Gilbert can run two tight ends on the field, or five wide receivers, or a mix of both.
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The offenses in the Big 12 Conference producing the video-game like numbers are led by some of the more skilled quarterbacks in the nation. One of the names competing for the title of best quarterback in the nation just so happens to play for the Longhorns next opponent, Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech. For any defense, he is the focal point of pre-game preparation. It remains that way for the Longhorns and senior defensive tackle Paul Boyette.
It's hard to praise a defense that surrendered over 600 yards of offense and defended the running game like my stomach against Nuevo Laredo street meat, but the effort level was good and there were some old reliable bright spots along with some encouraging developments in the secondary. Five or six guys played good football for us. Home games seem to at least ensure some degree of focus.
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