I’m going to keep this one rather short as well. I have plenty on my plate this week with my wedding and honeymoon all happening in the next 14 days. So I won’t post a Texas Tuesday next week (12/4) and won’t be back to post my thoughts on the Big 12 Championship until the following Tuesday (12/11).
That game against Kansas wasn’t the prettiest but ladies and gentlemen, we got the job done. All we needed to do was simply leave Lawrence with a W and we did exactly that.
The offense was stagnant all day long and the defense grinded their way without one of the best defenders on the field (again). Friday was easily the worst of the season for Sam, but he still flashed signs of the brilliance we’ve seen all season long. I was rather surprised of how few touches that LJH had during this game, may have been in the Jayhawks game plan to limit the touches of LJH. From the way it looked, Sam’s shoulder may have hindered his ability a tad and somewhat limit to what we were wanting to do on offense. His ability to run the ball and establish himself on the ground really is able to open up what we want to accomplish through the air. Critics that knocked Sam for not being able to throw the deep ball must not have watched all season long because he’s 2nd in the NCAA (behind Tua of course) in passer rating on deep passes. (PFF College)
What a day from Jeff McCullough this past weekend in Lawrence, we’ve been anxiously waiting for The Shark to be let loose and he didn’t disappoint. The interception that he had was one of the most athletic plays of the season on either side of the ball. Another wonderful performance from the Safety positions from Caden Sterns and Brandon Jones.
The one thing that needs to happen for our defense this upcoming week must be their ability to LIMIT Kyler Murray and the Sooners offense. Now I know it’s extremely difficult to completely shut them down, but if we can limit their big play ability and slow down their run game then the same results can occur. Our entire defensive unit must play their best game of the year this Saturday in order for us to sweep Oklahoma and claim the Big 12 Championship.
Big 12 Championship
#9 Texas Longhorns (9-3, 7-2) vs #5 Oklahoma Sooners (11-1, 8-1) at 11:00am CST on December 1stAT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
This is going to be a tough one to pick.
Which Texas defense comes out?
Will OU’s defense continue to let their opponent run wild and score in bunches?
Who outplays the other? Sam Ehlinger or Kyler Murray?
Will this game come down to the wire again?
It ultimately comes down to who can control their emotions the best in this game. It’s NOT the Red River Showdown but this is just as important. This game can definitely be the turning on the tide for UT and could potentially mean a playoff berth for OU. Just because it’s not being played at The Cotton Bowl doesn’t mean that there’s going to be any bad blood lost. This game will still be chippy and very intense.
I believe that Tom Herman and company will finish their goal and finish the week 1-0. Give me the Longhorns in a shootout.
Texas Longhorns – 45
Oklahoma Sooners – 35