Well this bye week didn’t go as planned for me as I was hoping to be writing this blog post/preview after a few commitments from some of UT’s top targets left on the board. But I still think I can find some quality points to discuss and write about in this edition of Texas Tuesday.
The biggest question mark this week as we prepare to head to Stillwater has to be whether Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele will get the start at QB. Everything I’ve read and listened to this week leads me to believe that Sam is still recovering but in on track and progressing well enough to get the nod in Stillwater on Saturday. I do believe that UT will come out with a big victory regardless of who is playing QB this weekend but we’d all love to see #11 back out there leading the troops.
There’s no denying that Shane can get the job done, but I don’t believe that we can run the table this season with Shane Buechele at QB. Don’t get me wrong, the kid was obviously talented enough his first two seasons on campus to win some games and help us get to where we are now, but Sam is just overall a better option for us where we are as a team. Sam’s ability to control the offense not just through the air but in the ground game as well has been a huge factor in the early season success of this team.
Keys to an upcoming victory:
- Shane or Sam? Sam or Shane? Whoever it is, protecting the football and not giving away any turnovers will be crucial. Going on the road in the Big 12 against a team that always poses a threat on their home field is never easy, it makes it more difficult when giving the opposing team more chances to score. Big days from LJH and Collin Johnson regardless of who is the QB is a MUST. Rely on the big boys to get the offense rolling and make the defense fall back into a defense that opens up the ground and pound game with Ingram, Watson and hopefully Sam. Protect the football and control the LOS and we will be in a good spot to come away with a victory in Stillwater.
- Our secondary is about to be tested again like they were against OU. Not as scarier weapons for the Cowboys as the Sooners have but they will sling that pigskin and make us play good defense on the back end of this defense. We need big games from Jones, Sterns, Davis and Boyd. Being able to control the secondary has been crucial for us all year and this is another game to prove how valuable and good they can be. We need more steady performances from Hager, Omenihu and Gary Johnson on the front side on this defense to be able to put pressure on OSU to get rid of ball early and therefore helping our secondary along the way. It all starts with those boys up front being able to apply pressure early and often.
- Special Teams. This is one of those games where I have a feeling there’s going to be some HUGE special teams plays that swings the momentum one way or the other. I’m hoping it’s one in the variety of Jamison with a big return in the kickoff/punt return game. Cameron Dicker will have to continue to be Mr.Reliable when it comes to converting FG opportunities in this game.
Saturday October 27th @ 7:00pm CST on ABC
#6 Texas Longhorns (6-1, 4-0) @ Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-3, 1-3)
Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma
I don’t see UT losing this game simply on the fact that our defense is going to able to keep us in the game. I believe this is the best all-around game that we see UT play up to this point in all 3 aspects of the game. Regardless of who is at QB for the Longhorns this weekend, I believe they are able to get LJH and Johnson involved early and often to establish the offense.
Texas Longhorns – 31
Oklahoma State Cowboys – 21