Texas Tuesday

It’s Tuesday October 2nd, 2018 and…….OU STILL SUCKS!!!

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Ladies and gentlemen, it is OU HATE WEEK. Quite possibly my favorite/anticipated week every single football season. Let’s be honest, it really doesn’t matter what the record is when these two teams play. The simple hatred and rivalry between these two programs is inexplicable.
But I won’t lie to you about the importance of both being ranked in the Top-25 for the first time in this matchup since 2012.

This is going to be a fun week leading up to it, the anxiety and excitement that I’m feeling currently for this weekend is off the charts. To add to all the excitement, Lee Corso and the gang are making their way to The State Fair of Texas for College Gameday for the first time since 2011. I predicted that OU would be 5-0 and Texas would be 4-1 going into this weekend, yes it may have happened differently than I expected but the records are both where I have expected.

Now to go back to the events of last weekend in Manhattan before I go into too much detail of the OU/UT game.

THE CURSE HAS BEEN BROKEN.
For the first time since I didn’t know how to write in cursive we beat Kansas State in Manhattan. I don’t care what the score shows, I don’t care what the stat sheet says, I only care that we got a victory. There is no such things as moral victories anymore (unless you’re an Aggie…lol)
It’s time for UT to put up or shut up, I know that’s rather harsh but if we want to continue this revolution that’s happening then it needs to end with the Longhorns bringing The Golden Hat back to Austin.

 

3 keys to victory in Manhattan :
1. Defense. This defense was in pure domination mode for the first 30 minutes of this game. Guys like Omenihu and Hager finally asserted their way and power at the LOS. Hager got that first sack off his back and was a big menace in stopping the run game. Omenihu probably played his best game in a Longhorn uniform since stepping on The 40 Acres. We struggled quite a bit (I use that term lightly) whenever there was the QB change.  This may have been a change of pace/scheme that we weren’t simply able to make the change quick enough. Whenever we needed big stops and big plays it looks like our “dudes” were able to make them.

2. Offense. For the 4th week in a row, we’ve been able to finish in the Victory Formation and that’s such a huge step and great feeling for the team and the fanbase. I feel like I keep saying this over and over, but Sam Ehlinger. He is really blossoming into the playmaker that we need. With the capability of Ehlinger being able to successfully run that RPO/Zone Read play with either Ingram/Watson is such a vital part of our success on that side of the ball. The ability to establish the run is the most important part of any success that we have on the offensive side of the ball. There won’t be big games from Johnson, Humphrey or any other WR’s if we don’t establish that run game. We aren’t that type of Air Raid sling the pigskin around football team, and I think we’re starting to understand our strengths. 3rd down success was another vital part of success, the 8-14 clip was one of the best that we’ve had in the past. We will need to continue to improve that mark and keep it in that area in order for us to keep this offense growing. But my last part/point to make for this is that I finally believe that Keontay Ingram is ready to be THE GUY at the RB position. Feed that man the football and let’s keep this train rolling.

3. Special Teams. Probably Ryan Bujecvski’s best game in a Longhorn uniform also. Only punting the ball 3 times and 2 of them being down Inside The 20 is a huge part of flipping the field and keep Field Position in our favor. Cameron Dicker once again missed a FG outside of 45 yards, but I don’t see the panic mode from him quite yet. He’s still OUR guy as the Kicker position and will be for the next 4 years. Let the kid grow and flourish. Bold prediction : Cameron Dicker his a Game-Winning FG at some point this season. And the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week : D’Shawn Jamison. This kid is going to be special, he finally showed that burst of speed and moves that we’ve been hearing about all summer/fall. The ability for a player to change the game with a Special Teams Return is so important and if he can be that guy for the years to come then I’m super excited.

 

UP NEXT:

Texas Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) vs Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 2-0) @ The Cotton Bowl in Dallas
October 6th, 2018 @ 11am CST

Prediction :

This is going to be one of the toughest predictions I’m going to have to make this year. I personally believe that UT can beat OU, and this year it’s not just me being extremely biased and a fan with blinders on. The talent and ability on this UT team can definitely beat OU, ONLY if we play a game with very minimal errors (both mental and physical).
We need the defense to continue it’s torrid start in the run game and make OU be one-dimensional. Even though that one-dimension is still one of the best in the game with a game like Kyler Murray back there. We need the young guys to not get too overwhelmed with the atmosphere and for the older guys/captains to show the way and how it’s done in this game. This is the game for Boyd, Davis, Hager, Omenihu to definitely show how great they can be.
Offensively, we need to continue to control the Time of Possession and LOS battles in order to be in a position to win this game. We need Ingram to run for 100+ yards and also Sam to continue his streak of 0 interceptions in last 4 games. Either way this is going to be a fun and action packed game.

 

Texas Longhorns-31
Oklahoma Sooners-27

 

 

Hook ‘Em

 

 

A Baseball Blog…

It’s October folks, that means baseball fans in the Great State of Texas are buckling up for another World Series run… Well some of us are anyway. Unfortunately for Ranger fans, the only excitement they get is the curiosity of who is going to be the next manager to live in AJ Hinch’s shadow. Astro fans, on the other hand, have been waiting for this moment all year long. As we found out in 2018, regular season baseball just isn’t all that exciting when it follows a playoff run like that of last years. As far as I’m concerned, the season is just now starting. So lets preview whats to come for the Astros, and the rest of the teams in the playoffs (not the Rangers, obviously).

AL

Like I just said, the regular season was a blur for Astro fans. The defending champs looked bored for most of the season, yet they still went out and nonchalantly set a club record for wins (103) and won their second consecutive AL West Title. All season we heard from the “experts” that the Red Sox and Yankees were the best teams in the AL. Then late in the season the A’s made a strong push to secure a playoff spot. During that time the Astros were missing 3 future Hall of Famers, which caused a mirage in the AL West standings. Oakland is a scrappy squad, but they were never (and I mean NEVER) going to take the division crown away from the Champs! The Yankees started out hot, and had a really good season, winning 100 games and securing the top wild card spot. But the early season narrative that they were a favorite over the Astros proved to be a truly stupid take. The Indians easily won their cupcake division, but we saw what happened this season when they tried to bark at the big dogs… The Astros put their mouthy pitchers right back in their place. The Red Sox proved to be the only real threat to the Astros American League supremacy, winning an MLB best 108 games. They have the likely MVP, whether it be Mookie Betts or JD Martinez. They’re really, really good.

But they’re not good enough. The Astros have the same lethal offense as they had last year. But their pitching is even better. Adding Garrett Cole to the rotation, and adding Hector Rondon, Joe Smith, Phil Pressley, and Roberto Osuna to the bullpen will give the Champs the edge over the Red Sox.

NL

I’m not going to pretend like I paid much attention to the crappy National League… But I did notice a few things. Like how the Braves apparently think it’s 2005. The Brewers seem like a really fun team. And despite winning their division, it seemed for most of the season that the Astros had broken the Dodgers. I guess the Cubs are pretty good again, and the Rockies are in the exact same situation they were in last season. The Nationals are losers. And the Cardinals missed the playoffs, which is always hilarious.

From what I have noticed, it seems like the Cubs and Brewers are the best teams in the NL.

So with all that said, here are my Award predictions, followed by my playoff and WS picks.

AL ROY- Miguel Andujar

Probably would have been Shohei Ohtani if he stayed healthy, or just played offense only all season… Oh well.

NL ROY- Ronald Acuna Jr

No real discussion here. Kid is a star!

AL Cy Young- Justin Verlander

Blake Snell probably deserves it, but I think the OG gets it based on respect.

NL Cy Young- Jacob deGrom

The guy legitimately may have had the best season in the past like 50 years, but the lowly Mets only managed to get him 10 wins. That is enough to drive a guy mad, give him the award out of pity alone. But he also deserves it.

AL MVP- Mookie Betts

Alex Bregman made a late push, and JD Martinez deserves mention, but I think this is Betts’ award this year.

NL MVP- Christian Yelich

This is a no-brainer. How about the Marlins trading the last 2 NL MVPs… lol

 

Playoffs/WS predictions

National League

NLWC

Cubs over Rockies

NLDS

Braves over Dodgers in 5

Brewers over Cubs in 5

NLCS

Brewers over Braves in 6

American League

ALWC

Yankees over A’s

ALDS

Astros over Indians in 4

Red Sox over Yankees in 3

ALCS

Astros over Red Sox in 6

World Series

Astros over Brewers in 4

WS MVP– Alex Bregman

It was a really fun season for the Brewers, but the Astros are the best team since the late 90’s Yankees. This is the beginning of a dynasty. If you aren’t enjoying this team, you should start to. Because they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Go ‘Stros, Rangers suck!

-Josh-

 

College Football Pick ‘Em – Week 5

Week 4 Results-

Josh: 8-4

Ozzie: 7-5

Overall Record-

Josh: 27-12

Ozzie: 26-13

-Week 5-

Massive week of games on the week 5 slate. Playoff implications for Penn State/Ohio State and Stanford/ND. Top 25 matchup in Lubbock for the first time since 2013. UT with a chance to end the Manhattan drought. And a (sort of) Rivalry at Jerry World between A&M and Arkansas. Here’s our thoughts…

Michigan @ Northwestern-

Ozzie- Northwestern

I smell an upset here. I got Northwestern winning a close one.

Josh- Michigan

Michigan builds off of a blowout last week, wins fairly easily.

Florida @ Mississippi State-

Ozzie- Mississippi State

I think the Bulldogs rebound with a big win at home.

Josh- Mississippi State

I don’t have a good feel for either of these teams, I’ll go with the Bulldogs at home.

Utah @ Washington State-

Ozzie- Washington State

Mike Leach has the boys ready. Big win for WSU.

Josh- Washington State

Close game, but Wazzu pulls away late.

Virginia Tech @ Duke-

Ozzie- Duke

Does VaTech recover? No. Dukies stay hot and win.

Josh- Virginia Tech

Justin Fuente is gonna have the Hokies ready to go.

South Carolina @ Kentucky-

Ozzie- Kentucky

Kentucky stays hot and beats a good South Carolina school.

Josh- South Carolina

Kentucky isn’t ready to be the hunted… SC by 10.

BYU @ Washington-

Ozzie- Washington

Washington wins a tough matchup at home.

Josh- Washington

Statement game for the Huskies.

Ole Miss @ LSU-

Ozzie- LSU

Tigers are real deal. Ole Miss not quite enough.

Josh- LSU

Low scoring game, LSU by 10.

Oregon @ Cal-

Ozzie- Oregon

Oregon rebounds after a devastating loss at home.

Josh- Oregon

Ducks are the better team.

Syracuse @ Clemson-

Ozzie- Clemson

Trevor Lawrence officially takes the reigns and doesn’t look back.

Josh- Clemson

If this were @ Syracuse, maybe it would be close. But its not, so it wont.

Stanford @ Notre Dame-

Ozzie- Notre Dame

Stanford can’t quite win two tough road games in a row. Loses close one.

Josh- Stanford

The Cardinal put a wrench in Notre Dame’s playoff hopes.

Ohio State @ Penn State-

Ozzie- Penn State

Happy Valley is insane and plays a big role in why the Nittany Lions win this one.

Josh- Penn State

It could be argued that this is the dos important regular season game of the year, for the entire country. Penn State wins a thriller.

Arkansas Vs Texas A&M (AT&T Stadium)-

Ozzie- Texas A&M

I mean Arkansas might be able to out tailgate the Aggies (maybe).

Josh- Texas A&M

Is Arkansas the worst Power 5 team in the country?

Baylor @ OU-

Ozzie- OU

Oklahoma wins big.

Josh- OU

Sooners played bad last week, they’ll play angry this week and win big.

Iowa State @ TCU-

Ozzie- TCU

Horned Frogs bounce back from two tough losses.

Josh- TCU

Iowa State’s season drifting away quickly.

West Virginia @ Texas Tech-

Ozzie- West Virginia

WVU wins a close game on the road. In the end, Grier and offense is too much.

Josh- West Virginia

Tech is firmly on their way to a solid season. But Grier will be just good enough to pull out a close game in Lubbock (hope I’m wrong).

Texas @ Kansas State-

Ozzie- Texas

Longhorns FINALLY break the Manhattan curse. Wins big road game.

Josh- Texas

KSU is in a bad way right now. This could get ugly.

Kliff Kingsbury’s 2018 Revenge Tour has begun!

My previous blog was really just me airing out my feelings and giving some context as to why, personally, watching Tech beat OSU last Saturday was as much fun as I have had watching Tech football in a long time.

So now, lets dig into the actual game a little bit, then look ahead to a huge Top 25 matchup in Lubbock.

Offense-

What a show this group put on against the Pokes last weekend. You know, as sports fans we have a lot of opinions about matters that we really aren’t qualified to have. I am guilty of this big time… After the Ole Miss loss, and even after the 77-0 win over Lamar, I wrote on here that I still thought we should give Jett Duffey a chance at QB. I still fully believe that Jett has tons of potential, but Alan Bowman has a firm grasp on this job for the next 4 yours (maybe 3). The kid is a gamer. His numbers weren’t amazing against OSU, and he made a big mistake when he threw his first interception of the season where he simply didn’t see the safety and lobbed right to him. But maybe the most impressive thing I have seen from Bowman so far came the very next series. On a similar route to the one that was intercepted, he saw the safety coming from up top, put a little more juice behind the ball, and dropped a dime to Seth Collins for a big 1st down. He was completely unfazed by the hostile environment and made big throw after big throw all night.

The receivers were solid once again. Antione Wesley, TJ Vasher, JaDeon High, Zach Austin, and Kesean Carter have been as consistent as it gets. But they’ve also proved they’re able to make some pretty great plays. One hand catches, diving catches, jet sweeps, holding onto the ball after a big hit, and phenomenal down field blocking. This group of unproven guys coming into the season have been a pleasant surprise.

At RB, it seems to be a new guy every week, but they stepped up again. This week, with DeLeon Ward and Tre King still out with injuries, it was DeMarcus Felton’s turn to have a career day. The 5th year senior nearly transferred, but decided to come back for his last season and had a career night against OSU. He rushed for 130 yards and 2 TDs. These two true freshman deserve some credit as well. TaZhawn Henry gained 65 yards on 11 carries, and SaRodorick Thompson had his best game of the season with 57 yards and a TD on 13 carries. Do the math, that comes out to 252 rushing yards against a defense that held Boise State to just 64 yards the week before. It will be fascinating to see how the staff handles this group moving forward once Ward and King return. At this point, there seems to 5 guys that can be trusted in big games, but there’s only so many carries to go around. I would not be surprised if one of the freshman end up redshirting this season. Either way, this run game is legit.

Which brings us to the big boys up front. It’s time to start giving these guys the credit they deserve. The were more physical than OSU, they constantly got to the second level on run plays, and they protected the young QB extremely well. There really isn’t a weak spot on this group, they’re solid across the board and they go about 7 deep. The offensive line, in my opinion, is the strongest position group on this team.

 

Defense-

As I mentioned in previous posts, I thought this group as a whole was much better than the scoreboard showed against Houston. Of the 49 points they gave up against the Cougars, 21 of them really shouldn’t count against them. One TD came after a muffed punt near the red zone. One came after a completely illegal play that, had the refs thrown the flag, would have resulted in 3rd and 30-something in their own territory. And the other was on the final possession of the game when the outcome had already been decided. So with that in mind, the defense has been solid to say the least sense the week one no show against Ole Miss.

Pretty much every position group had some big plays against OSU. On the line, Eli Howard made a heck of a play to get a huge 3rd down sack. At LB, Jordyn Brooks and Dakota Allen were all over the field making plays. And in the secondary, we saw the impact that JaShawn Johnson has on the defense as the back end was much better. Adrian Frye continues to show up in big moments, grabbing his 3rd interception of the year. This is starting to look like a good defense, but they’ll have a huge test this weekend…

 

Moving Forward-

After a month of football, Texas Tech sits at 3-1. I think most would have taken that going into the season. However, seeing the way this team has played over the last 3 weeks, that Ole Miss loss is a little bit perplexing. I think if they were to get a “re-do” vs Ole Miss, that game would look pretty different. A blowout win over OSU is by far the most impressive win in Kliff Kingsbury’s tenure. Three weeks ago I was writing about how we need to keep an eye on North Texas and their HC Seth Litrell as a potential Kliff replacement… Now we’re talking about a Top 25 matchup in Lubbock with a chance at Big12 contention. That Top 25 matchup will not be an easy one, though.

West Virginia sits at 3-0 (wold likely be 4-0 if not for a game vs NC State being cancelled due to hurricane Florence). Their offense is at least as good as Techs. QB Will Grier is a legit Heisman contender, they have 2 or 3 studs at WR, a flurry of RBs that can do damage, and as always a very good offensive staff. Defensively, they’ve been solid so far despite some questions coming into the year. Last week vs KSU they only allowed 6 points. Obviously, KSU has not been good so far this season, but they are a Big12 team and holding them under 10 points is impressive. If you read my Playoff Prediction blog, you know that I am really high on this WVU team, so I expect this to be one of the best teams Tech will play this year. If Tech can win, we’re talking about a big time season in Lubbock. It will be interesting to see how they handle being ranked, but we all know how the Jones delivers for big games like this. Somewhat similar to Oklahoma State, West Virginia has had Tech’s number lately, winning the last 4 games… I have officially declared this season “The Kliff Kingsbury Revenge Tour.” We will see if he can get that revenge on WVU this Saturday. Remember, these two teams (for whatever reason) do not like each other. So this should be really fun! 11am @ The Jones!

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Guns Up

-Josh-

Why Tech’s win over OSU was so satisfying…

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For the first time since my Sophomore year of high school, the Red Raiders have defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys. I don’t know if I can put into words how frustrating it has been to watch the success of Oklahoma State over the past decade or so… But I will try.

With last weeks win, Texas Tech regained the lead in the all time series vs Oklahoma State. I would imagine that is quite surprising to most people considering the state of these two programs over the past 10 years. But simply regaining the series lead isn’t THAT big of a deal, not to me at least. To talk about why it was so satisfying to see the Red Raiders finally break the 9 game losing streak against OSU, we need to go back in time a little bit.

-2008-

The last truly great season for Texas Tech. Who could possibly forget that month long run of being a top 5 team in the country that controlled their own destiny for the BCS National Championship. That year Texas Tech made it to 10-0, and won consecutive games over #23 Kansas (63-21), the game everyone remembers against #1 UT (39-33), and a blowout over #9 OSU (56-20). Obviously, when we talk about the 2008 season, everyone will talk about the UT win and the OU loss. One was one of the greatest games in college football history and the other was a tragic melt down that still manages to creep into my head and ruin my day every now and then (anytime I hear Jump Around, I want to cry). But the part of the 2008 season that I will never forget is the Oklahoma State game. Coming off of the UT win, everyone (including Tech fans) were wondering how the team could handle being the favorites in a big time top 10 matchup. And they could not have delivered any more than they did that night. An absolute beat down over a really good Cowboy team. After that game, I was a cocky college football fan for the first time in my life. We were the second ranked team in the country and just had one more tough game to get by before we could cruise into the National Championship. Well, as we know, it all came crashing down after that. OU crushed our dreams, the next week Tech slipped past Baylor, then the season was capped off with a disappointing loss in the Cotton Bowl. It was a disappointing way to end such an amazing season, but I was still thrilled. Why? Because we had arrived. Mike Leach proved he could compete with the big boys and recruits were going to come flooding in… Then 2009 happened.

-2009-

Despite the fact that Tech needed to replace two guys that finished in the top 5 in the Heisman race, QB GrahamHarrell and WR Michael Crabtree, there was still some hype going into the season. Taylor Potts was supposed to be even better than Graham, we had a bucket full of offensive weapons, and a good offensive line returning. Defensively, they had established a nice group of guys that made a habit of making just enough plays. When you look at the record that year, 9-4 doesn’t seem that bad. But a disappointing loss to Texas A&M that year still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Against OSU that year, it was a 24-17 loss (and I believe this was the famous ‘fat little girlfriend” game for Mike Leach). Again though, OSU had a good team so it was not that big of a disappointment to lose that game. But the ending of this season is where these two programs began to go in different directions. ESPN analyst and world famous brat Craig James lead a successful witch hunt and got Mike Leach fired before the Alamo Bowl vs Michigan State. And just like that, everything was gone!

-2010 to 2017-

Both teams went 9-4 in 2009. Sense that year though, prior to this season Texas Tech had won 52 games, OSU had won 78. Texas Tech has played in Bowls like the Holiday Bowl, the Texas Bowl, and the Birmingham Bowl. While OSU has played in Bowls like the Sugar Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl. Texas Tech has not had a winning record in the Big12, OSU won their first Big12 title in 2011. And worst of all the Cowboys have dominated the Red Raiders unlike anyone else in the league. The scores in each game: 2010, 34-17. 2011, 66-6. 2012, 59-21. 2013, 52-34. 2014, 45-35. 2015, 70-53. 2016, 45-44 (missed an extra point to send it to OT). 2017, 41-34.

It was almost as if stealing all of Texas Tech’s traditions wasn’t enough for the Pokes, they also stole all of the success that we had built towards under Leach. 2008 was supposed to be the foundation season for this soon to be consistent Big12 contender. Instead, it was where Tech peaked and where OSU began their consistent relevance in Big12 title races.

So that is why it felt so. freaking. good! to not only beat OSU, but dominate them IN Stillwater. It truly was incredible to see the true freshman QB Alan Bowman unfazed by the environment lead this offense so efficiently. To see this offensive line man handle the defense that was leading the country in sacks and had help Boise State to like 40 yards rushing the week before. And to see another surprise performance by an unlikely RB, this week it was Raymon Felton and SaRodrick Thompson. An unproven backfield to start the season now has 5 guys that the coaching staff can trust to carrie the ball in big games. And how about this defense! I mentioned last week that I thought they played better than the score indicated against Houston. Getting JaShawn Johnson back at safety was huge, and I expected a good performance overall, but I certainly didn’t expect to see them control the game the way they did. The Cowboys scored their 17th point with at around the 10 minute mark of the 2nd quarter, after that the Red Raider defense pitched a shut out. Simply could not ask for anything more.

The attitude on the sideline was incredible Saturday!

 

Because this blog was more about the context of how much fun that win was, expect a follow up soon going more into the details of the game as well as looking ahead to a huge top 25 matchup against West Virginia. And I hope to also get up some blogs about the rest of our Texas teams soon.

Check out our weekly UT blog here.

Guns Up!

-Josh-

Texas Tuesday

Well, it’s safe to say that Tom Herman/Todd Orlando and company have brought out the competitive spirit of the Texas Longhorns that has been missing for many years. For the first time in a while I have a feeling in my stomach on gamedays and it isn’t a bad feeling. It’s that feeling that I had when Colt and VY were on campus. Now I’m not saying that this team has that ability right now, but that’s the ceiling that I believe that it has. The Longhorns fanbase is buzzing with nothing but good vibes and will continue to rise with every win and positive outcome.

Now to discuss what happened on Saturday in Austin.

That was one of the better games if not the best all around game that I’ve seen Texas play in close to 5-6 years. It seemed like no matter what was happening, our defense was going to keep bending but never break. The offense never faltered from their game plan (outside of maybe 1-2 series) and that’s what was vital for us to stay in the game. The mood of Longhorns fans has changed drastically since that season opener in DC. There has been many vital components to the Longhorns getting to where they are now in the past 3 weeks and I’ll touch on a couple of those as they coincide with the key factors to winning this game.

3 key factors to the win:

1. Defense. Defense. Defense. This UT defense is getting close to being back to where they were with the like of DBU and dominating games. Todd Orlando devised the perfect gameplan and really had TCU confused and lost all game long. Obviously the execution was there, outside of maybe 2-3 drives. But those drives would’ve torn Texas down in the past and we would’ve been blown out by 20+. The resilience that this defense has shown the past 3 weeks is incredible and is the reason why we are where we are. Two major cigs in this defensive unit are Caden Sterns and Brandon Jones. These two guys are locking down that secondary at the safety position and are absolute game changers. Us Texas fans need to enjoy Brandon Jones while we can, because if he keeps this up he’ll be gone after this year. The only real “negative” I’ve seen is Breckyn Hager. I use quotations there because he’s still a big time impact player and at any given time can erupt for a 3-4 sack game. Right now, he looks like he’s maybe a step or so too slow getting to the QB. He’s getting pressure but just not quite getting there to make that big time sack. I know Hager will turn it around. Stay the course and trust it.

2. Offensive flow. Sam Ehlinger has been able to control the game and be somewhat of a “game manager.” This has more of a negative connotation to some people, but that’s exactly what he’s been doing. He’s managing the game to perfection while still showing the big play ability and grit that we need at that position. The big play targets of LJH and Collin Johnson are something we’ve been lacking in years past and it’s so relaxing to know we have two reliable targets in the WR group. Meanwhile, Ingram and Watson are just chugging along on that run game and continuing to show improvements weekly. The OL is hopefully getting back to full health and will continue to play a huge role in the progress of this team.

3. The 3rd factor to winning this game has to be the atmosphere of DKR. The game day electricity is back and in full force in Austin, Texas. What CDC and his staff has done is unbelievable, consuming/surrounding all of the days activities around the Texas Longhorns Football game is something that UT/Austin has been lacking. He’s came in and made a huge impact in the short amount of time he’s been here. So thank you, Mr.Del Conte. Longhorn Nation approves of these changes and can’t wait for the many many more you have up your sleeve.

Now I’m not saying Texas is back. Because folks, Texas will never officially be back until we’re hoisting that Big 12 Championship Trophy again. That’s the truth.

Are we close? Very much so. If the improvements keep coming then I don’t see why we wouldn’t be “Back” sooner rather than later. It takes time to get where we want to be again. Tom and the gang are finally making strides in the right direction. This team can be the one that changes the tide for many, many years to come. Don’t hide from our past, but use it as fuel to become what we all envision.

UP NEXT :

Saturday, September 29th @ 2:30pm CST

Texas Longhorns @ Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kansas

PREDICTION:

Texas Longhorns -34

Kansas State Wildcats – 17

The Longhorns break the curse of Manhattan, Kansas and win (for the first time since 2002) a much needed road game before heading into the biggest weekend of the year.

Hook ‘Em

College Football Pick ‘Em – Week 4

Week 3 Results-

Josh: 9-3

Ozzie: 9-3

Overall Record-

Josh: 19-8

Ozzie: 19-8

-Week 4-

Nebraska @ Michigan-

Ozzie- Michigan

The Big House brings the magic.

Josh- Michigan

Tough start for Nebraska gets even tougher.

Clemson @ GT-

Ozzie- Clemson

Offense too powerful.

Josh- Clemson

Simply a mismatch.

Kansas State @ West Virginia-

Ozzie- WVU

Will Grier and offense too much.

Josh- WVU

It’s been a disappointing start for KSU.

South Carolina @ Vandy-

Ozzie- South Carolina

I think the Gamecocks are going to be a surprise team.

Josh- Vandy

Vandebelt played Notre Dame tough last week, they pull this one off.

Miss State @ Kentucky-

Ozzie- Mississippi State

Bulldogs will win a tough matchup on the road.

Josh- Mississippi State

Wildcats keep it close, Bulldogs by 7.

Florida @ Tennessee-

Ozzie- Tennessee

Gators aren’t good this year.

Josh- Florida

Tennessee is rebuilding, Gators by 14.

Arkansas @ Auburn-

Ozzie- Auburn

Auburn doesn’t have to run a fake punt return to handle Arkansas. This could get ugly.

Josh- Auburn

The only question is if Auburn can look as good as North Texas did against the wounded Hogs.

Stanford @ Oregon-

Ozzie- Oregon

Only if Bryce Love isn’t 100%.

Josh- Stanford

I don’t have a great feel for the Ducks yet, I’ll go with Stanford here.

Texas Tech @ Oklahoma State-

Ozzie- Oklahoma State

Stillwater is going to be nuts this weekend.

Josh- Texas Tech

Two years ago, in Stillwater, Tech missed an extra point that would have sent the game to OT. This year, they hit a game winning FG as time expires. Tech beats OSU for the first time in a decade.

TCU @ Texas-

Ozzie- Texas

Hook ‘Em. Offense takes care of football and controls TimeOfPoss to win barely.

Josh- TCU

The Frogs impressed me by sticking with Ohio State last week. Close game, but TCU wins it.

Kansas @ Baylor-

Ozzie- Kansas

I mean who cares really? Lol

Josh- Kansas

The Jayhawks finally climb out from the bottom the Big12, Baylor replaces them.

Texas A&M @ Alabama-

Ozzie- Alabama

Aggies get beat by 3 TD’s.

Josh- Alabama

I really want to pick the Aggies to get the upset, I just can’t…