A shot at the sweep of rival Oklahoma comes tonight, with Texas (20-3, 8-0) squaring off against the Sooners (12-10, 4-4) in Norman.
Three things to watch:
1. Will Texas’ starters match their offensive output?
Last time these two played, a 66-46 Texas win in Austin on Jan.15, four of the five starters scored in double digits against an Oklahoma defense that really couldn’t do anything to slow the Longhorns down. Jordan Hamilton had 17 points, thanks to a few easy looks from downtown, and Tristan Thompson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half. Combine that with 14 points from Gary Johnson and 10 from Cory Joseph, and the Longhorns were just about impossible to stop. Any production near that kind of clip would make this game a blow out.no comments
If you’re the kind of basketball fan who gets worried and worked up about your team’s big games, then consider this weekend your time to relax.
Because after back-to-back weeks of Top-25 battles against Kansas and Missouri, No. 3 Texas (19-3, 7-0 in Big 12) draws one of their last gimme games in a Saturday night match-up against Texas Tech (11-12, 3-5 in Big 12) in Austin.no comments
- Appreciated the crowd who welcomed McCoy for his retirement ceremony as well as the families affected by breast cancer.
- The guys played hard, and there's a fine line between winning and losing, as shown by the following stats:
- Penalties last year to this year were the same with 59. 3rd down conversions last year were 44%, this year 41%. Defensively gave up 24% on 3rd down, this year 36%.
- Red zone last year: 24 touchdowns in 38 trips, opponents eight touchdowns in 24 trips.
- Red zone this year: Only 15 touchdowns in 36 trips. Opponents 15 touchdowns in 22 trips.
So guys, which Texas team do you think shows up Saturday evening against the Big 12 South leading Baylor Bears? The team that lost at home to UCLA and Iowa State, or the team that rumbled into Lincoln to lay the smacketh down upon an undefeated Huskers team that was foaming at the mouth to get revenge on the Horns?
That's the million dollar question, and one that is pretty much impossible to predict. This is either the game where the Longhorns show some pride and get things on track for a respectable finish to the season, or the game where the wheels fall off and the team goes into complete disarray.
Let's get right down to it.
Yet another weekend of big games on tap in the Big 12 this weekend, with the biggest being Missouri at Nebraska on Saturday afternoon, a game that could decide the Big 12 North. As usual, I'll have a full Texas vs. Baylor preview later.
(Last Week: 5-1)
Saturday, October 30:
Oklahoma State (6-1, 2-1) at Kansas State (5-2, 2-2)
11:00 AM FSN
Oklahoma State heads to Manhattan hoping to atone for their first loss of the season against Nebraska knowing they still control their own destiny in the Big 12 South. They'll be without star wideout Justin Blackmon, who was suspended after a DUI, but should still win the game. I see a lot of points in this one.
Final Score: Oklahoma State 45, Kansas State 35
Garrett Gilbert came into the season with unreasonably high expectations laid upon him. While this was not too surprising considering his pedigree, a few games in it was obvious that the expectations were indeed too high. Now seven games into the season, what you have is a young quarterback who hasn't shown a lick of improvement just over halfway through his sophomore season.
Is this the fault of coaching? Lack of a supporting cast? Or is he just not very good?
This past weekend Missouri showed they are for real in beating Oklahoma, Nebraska bounced back from their first loss with a big win at Oklahoma State, and Texas lost to Iowa State resulting in a rankings nosedive. Oh, and don't look now, but the Baylor Bears are in the top 25 and sit alone at first in the Big 12 South standings.no comments
- Iowa State came in playing desperate after two bad games while we came out of Lincoln looking at the end of the season and feeling too good about ourselves.
- Six guys played well enough to win on defense, five on offense, ten on special teams.
- The team is waiting for something to happen instead of making something happen.
- Team didn't learn from the UCLA debacle.
Another week, another number one team. I never had Oklahoma anywhere near number one, I just didn't think they were that good this year, and Missouri showed why. Missouri, on the other hand, is looking pretty dang good. Good offense, really good defense. If they can get by Nebraska on Saturday, they should run the table. Overall, I don't think there are anything near the top is clear cut, there are question marks with all the teams.no comments
In my game preview on Friday, I asked this question: Are the Longhorns poised for a letdown? I answered the question by saying no. On Saturday, however, the Horns answered with a resounding yes, losing shamefully to Iowa State at home 28-21. The loss was the first time they've lost consecutive games at home since 1997.
Before this season, heck until after the UCLA debacle, I couldn't have imagined a Texas football team under Mack Brown losing to the dregs of the Big 12 conference. These were the types of games that they'd score 50 points on no questions asked. They win these games because "We're Texas," and unfortunately that's the biggest problem with this program.