I’ve decided since it’s a short week I won’t dig too deep into this game against ISU but instead rather focus on the upcoming game against Kansas.
The biggest question looking into the final week of the regular season for the Longhorns will be whether Sam Ehlinger will be full go and ready to go by Friday. That shoulder is the most talked about body part talked around the conference right now. If Sam isn’t 100% by this Friday, there’s no need to rush him back. We don’t need a 80% Ehlinger running out there and potentially damaging more and be done for the year. Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying we can afford to rest Sam if he’s 100%. We aren’t at that point as a program where we can afford to let someone sit just to sit, but I fully believe that Shane Beuchele can handle the workload this weekend in Lawrence if it came down to it. Now I believe that the only way the Longhorns can win the Big 12 is with Sam Ehlinger at QB. Can Shane get us to December 1st and give Sam another week to prepare for the Mountaineers or Sooners, yes he can.
Will the run game be hindered by Beuchele being the QB instead of Ehlinger? 100% it will be. Teams don’t necessarily respect Shane as a runner as much as they do Sam. But can Watson/Ingram continue to get their yardage and run behind that OL that has been manhandling people in the past few weeks. Our offense for the first time in a long time, isn’t the reason we aren’t successful. For a lack of better words/saying, this offense has carried the load for this team all season long. If Lil’Jordan Humphrey is still lined up as a WR, I like our chances to score against anybody. The man has done nothing but simply put his name on the list at one of the best WR’s to step on campus on UT.
The defense will need to continue their play from last weekend against ISU to really dominate and force the Jayhawks into an early hole. This same Jayhawk offense just put up 40 on that defense dominant defense of OU (LOL)
The front 7 of UT will need to continue their dominant presence and get to the QB just like they did against Purdy and the Cyclones. The pressure that Orlando and the staff dialed up at DKR last weekend was unreal, it didn’t seem like ISU could ever get comfortable in running their offense. When the DL is doing their job and forcing offense to rush their reads and not get comfortable, it makes life a whole lot easier on those guys in the secondary.
This trip to Lawrence has an entirely different feel than the last time we made the trip to play the Jayhawks. The program is headed in a direction that is clear to the fanbase and recruits across the country. `Show up and play the type of football we are capable of and we will leave and have 8 days to prepare for the Big 12 Championship game. It’s simple. Go 1-0.
Friday, November 23rd @ 11:00am CST on Fox Sports 1
#11 Texas Longhorns (8-3, 6-2) at Kansas Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7)
Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas
The Kansas Jayhawks roster will basically be auditioning for their new Head Coach next year in Les Miles in this game. Expect them to come out and not have the Thanksgiving hangover and be fully prepared to give Texas its’ best shot. Now how long they will be able to hang around with Texas relies on Texas. If the Longhorns can come out and control the LOS and make their presence felt from the opening kickoff then I don’t see this being a close game. But this Jayhawk offense is the same one who just hung 40 on Oklahoma. This once again, all relies on who will be lined up at QB for the Longhorns. I believe the Longhorns want their shot again at West Virginia and to prove they are that good and potentially beat Oklahoma again. I fully expect Tom Herman and the staff to have this group ready to go and get the job done and leave Kansas with an easy win.
Texas Longhorns – 38
Kansas Jayhawks – 17