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  1. View from the Cheap Seats-LSU We're NOT Back but that was a GREAT football game Hats off to LSU. TEXAS faced a better team Saturday night, a team with more talent and experience that was able to expose our weaknesses. Many will not want to hear this but it's a simple fact. LSU came into the game with 19 returning starters from last year including two Pre Seaton All American DBs. When you face a superior opponent, you need two things to beat them. First, you need to bring your A game, you need to play your best and have your play-makers step up. 2nd you need to out-coach them and expose their weaknesses. Sadly, as a team TEXAS did neither. Which is not to say that the TEXAS offense did not do everything it could in the 2nd half to overcome some our "shoot ourselves in the foot" moments from the 1st half. Nor is it to say that guys like Devin Duvernay, Brennan Eagles and Roshan Johnson did not significantly elevate their play. Had you told us before the game that we would score 38, put up 430 total yards and win the turnover battle, we likely bet the house on TEXAS. No one really respected the LSU offense and that would be the fatal flaw in the night for the Horns. LSU would put up 41 points and 575 yards of offense. Make no mistake, this was a very good offensive team. And this is likely the best Defense TEXAS will see this year. So starting with the positives, TEXAS' offense is 1st rate. Pre-season one of the goals we set for success was TEXAS growing into the 33-36 points per game range to protect it's very young defense. The Horn's O showed they are definitely ready for Prime Time. After a 1st half where TEXAS struggled to reach 7 points, TEXAS would score on every drive of the 2nd half. Make no mistake there is no give up in this TEXAS team. LSU would go up 20-7 with a TD just before half time. The Tigers would receive the ball to start the 3rd with a chance to blow the doors off the Horns. Coach Todd's crew bowed up and force a 3 and out punt. . .yea, that's the good news. Despite being pinned deep, Sam E and company would go on a 19 play 86 yard Touchdown drive. TEXAS would score on every drive of the 2nd half logging 4 touchdowns and a FG. Except for the FG drive, every drive would be 75 yards or more. While there is not much positive to report about the D, have to give Chris Brown a big time shout out. In the 3rd quarter he made back to back plays to force LSU into a FG. He started with a blitz, tackle for loss then follow up with a great stick on 3rd down on an LSU RB catching a pass in open space. Granted, the RB did not catch the pass anyway but Brown was in position to assure ZERO YAC on the play. Shout outs to Joseph Ossai and Malcom Roach who clearly showed up to play. Let's flip the page and discuss what went wrong? We'll start with this quote from the Pre Season version of the Cheap Seats: Why do we need such a boost from the offense? Easy, we lost 8 starters off last year's #57 ranked (25.9 ppg allowed) defense. Not realistic at this point to think a less experienced defense will perform significantly better. Our defense is young and inexperienced. It's really pretty simple. Against what likely is one of the Top 2-3 offenses we'll see this year, they were not up to the task. One of our major concerns was the schematically, nothing changed at half time. If anything we got worse. On the other sideline/press box, LSU's O found the weaknesses and exploited them. Starting in the 2nd quarter, LSU would have 8 drives. Outside of the one punt forced to start the 2nd half, LSU would record 5 touchdowns and 2 FGs. The shortest drive was 53 yards while 3 of the drives were 75 yards. Kevin Burrow would "filet" the TEXAS D from a clean pocket the majority of the plays. The best way to protect a young secondary is with pressure. TEXAS did not pressure Burrow significantly, especially in the 2nd half. And while we would record 4 sacks, 3 of them would come from secondary blitzes and 3 of the sacks came in the 1st half. LSU adjusted, clearly TEXAS did not. It's said that age, cunning, deceit and treachery will always overcome youth and skill. We'll settle for experience and it's going to take some time to get there. We are reminded of Cedric Griffin getting lit up early in his career against OU. He turned out pretty well. When you look at games like this one, WVU/OSU and OU in the Conference title game last year, one seriously begins to question this 3-3-5 "scheme". In the first half, the offense was clearly tentative. Sam simply was not "on" with his deep throws. Now his "straight balls" (to use a Major League reference). . .those were great. None better than his 4th quarter pass to Jake Smith for his 1st Longhorn TD with an LSU defensive back draped all over him. But his deep throws were consistently short of the pass catchers most of the time. 19 rushing attempts (really 15 as 4 of those are sacks) this week by Sam. This is a concern when your QB has not played a full season in 3 years. Summation Time to slow down the hype machine. This was a tough loss but by no means the end of the season. TEXAS lost to a superior team, they returned 19 starters including 2 All Americans. Let's be candid, TEXAS is not a CFP Playoff caliber team today. For one thing, our defense is worse than last year and it wasn't great last year. The offense lacks the ability to sustain a running game. And frankly, Sam is simply not a good "bombs away" passer despite TEXAS calling "bombs away" 8-10 times in the game, with only 2 completions. TEXAS is still a viable candidate to win the BigXII, the #1 goal of the season. And while we applauded going for it on 4th down twice from the 2, the surrounding play calls have us scratching our heads. You have a pair of 6'6" WRs and you don't throw a single jump ball in 8 plays? Instead you run 7 times then the one BRILLIANTLY set up/designed pass play, KI records his 1st drop in 30 targets. When you are in a shoot out game, you cannot leave easy points on the field. Also, have to seriously question on 3rd and 17, bringing so much heat but gotta give Burrow's credit for his best throw of the night under rare pressure. Sorry to say, he was clearly the better QB on the field. As for the future, our schedule sets up very well. We have a game with Rice before we face another talented OSU team that will tell us much about the growth of this team before a bye week then WVU before the RRW. . . . TEXAS can/should stop eating the cheese as Tuna (Bill Parcells) would say. Big time wake up call and let's see how CTH rallies the kids behind the 1-0 philosophy. While we'd have much rather seen a win, always better to lose out of conference. And frankly, TEXAS knows the ONLY reason it lost was our own mistakes. #1 reason for optimism, this very good offense will get better as RBs return from injury and this was by far the best D we'll see this year. #1 reason for pessimism, our defense is not very good. Shocking to say but LSU might well be the #1 or #2 O we face this year. Lots of teams will watch this game tape to see how to attack TEXAS. Is Coach Todd up to the task? Offensive Player of the Game: Devin Duvernay. 12 grabs, 154 yards 2 TDs Back to back impressive performances, there is no quit in this young man. And what really stood out was his toughness, his ability to break tackles and fight for extra yards. Honorable Mention: Sam the Man. While it wasn't his best game, you simply have to love the fight in him. 31/47 601 4 TDs 19 carries 60 yards 1 TD. That's a pretty good stat line for a "not your best game" game. Sam Cosmi, K'Lavion Chassian is supposed to be a star pass rusher. Sam stonewalled him so badly LSU shifted him to the right side to see if he could get better results. While he did record one big sack, it came off a well executed stunt where he wasn't Cosmi's man. Defensive Player of the Game: Joseph Ossai. His interception in the shadow of our goal line coulda/shoulda/woulda been the difference in the game. Honorable Mention: TEXAS' Safeties occupied 4 of the Top 5 spots on the tackles stat sheet. Stats that matter 1 Number of stops our D recorded from the 2nd quarter on 573/45 Yards and points allowed, just not good enough 5 Number of drives TEXAS had in the 2nd half, all of which lead to scores 3/5 Red Zone TDs to Red Zone Trips for TEXAS 37/49 Rush Attempts to pass attempts. 2nd week in a row more passes than rushes though TEXAS short on RBs and was behind by 2 scores at halftime. 5/5 Red Zone TDs to Red Zone Trips for LSU Mack Brown/UNC Watch Another week, another former Defensive coordinator bested. In each case, Mack faced more talented teams. And Mack has already matched UNC's win total for last year on his way to our projected year end bowl appearance. Now if he can just schedule more games against former coaches. . . Ranking the BigXII #1 TEXAS Took a more talented LSU team down to the wire. LSU clearly a Top 3 team in the nation #2 OU South Dakota? Seriously? #3 OSU 2 weeks before we meet in a game that will tell each team a ton about who they are. #4 Baylor Rhule has Rape U playing pretty well. My Roadrunners ????? not so much #5 TCU Bye week #6 ISU Bye week #7 KSU Beat up a bad Bowling Green #8 TT 38 vs UTEP? This isn't your Pirate's TT team #9 WVU destroyed by Mizzu #10 Kansas You got beat by Central Carolina???????
  2. Yes Travis. . . . THanks all. Trying to provide some extra content to the site
  3. Coach Herman and TEXAS did a couple things for the 1st time in the CTH era. For starters, he won his 1st opener at TEXAS to start 1-0. TEXAS would put a team away early and not let them up off the mat for the 1st time in the era. TEXAS would receive the opening kickoff and drive the field to score a TD on their way to a 24-0 1st half. In fact they would score TDs on 3 of their 1st four drives (one stopped due to a fumble) on their way to a 38-0 lead through 3 quarters which allowed Casey Thompson and the backups to record some much needed game reps. And to take a bit of a shot at much of the conference and nation, it's nice to see TEXAS not scheduling Division II programs. Really? Montana State, Georgia Southern, James Madison, Florida A&M Idaho and Eastern Washington among the tomato cans some of the top teams "tuned up the season" with. Yes we get then need the money but come on folks, if you need a tomato can, at least play a bowl eligible school like USF. Oh sorry, gratuitous shot at CFS from the cheap seats. Guess he needed more baking lessons.. TEXAS opened against a Group of 5 bowl winning team from 2018 with a roster full of quality players. Interesting how many of the players on the La Tech team were transfers from somewhere else. Overall, a quality win in a game where it would have been easy to look past the bulldogs (Bevo said. . .bulldogs. . .bulldogs. . .bring'em by, he wants to meet them. . .again) with LSU on the horizon. CTH passed another coaching hurdle showing he can get his guys focused with his 1-0 mentality. TEXAS would dominate on both sides of the ball from the opening gun through 3 quarters and Sam Ehlinger would kick off a potential Heisman season. Granted, the performance was more solid/very good than Heisman worthy but he will have more chances as the season wears on. The offense opened the game with the Devin Duvernay show in the 1st half. He take the opening kickoff for a 28 yard return, he would take the 1st carry of the season on a jet sweep rush before catching 5 passes in the 1st half including the 1st TD of the season. TEXAS would score on 4 of 7 drives in the 1st half, taking a 24-0 lead to the locker room. They only punted once, were driving when CJ fumbled and missed a FG. It was a very impressive 1st half after struggling in openers the past 2 years. And it would lay the ground work for Casey Thompson and the back ups to log the 4th quarter snaps and nice to see Casey getting to run the offense. RoShoan Johnson earns the selfless player on the team award. The true freshman QB went to the staff earlier and told them he'd play RB if needed. In an era where QBs are more likely to call the transfer portal than risk losing a year, he rewarded the Horns with some nifty running and much needed depth. Keotay Ingram put in a VERY IMPRESSIVE opening night, averaging 7.1 ypc on 11 totes. He looked like the RB we thought we had when we recruited him. Rounding out the RBs, we saw Early game plan was to use the short passing game to offset the lack of depth at RB and it worked very well. Which is not to say the Horns did not push the ball deep at times. Sam logged 4 passes of over 20 yards to 4 different receivers with Jake Smith's longest catch going for 18 yards. This coupled with a 19 yard run from KI. The Horns would move the ball well, logging 5 drives of 50 yards or more, 4 for TDs and one ending in fumble. Coach Todd's defenses are best described as chaos and Sat night was no exception. La Tech's offense was completely baffled in the 1st half as the pass rush played havoc on a team with some quality players on offense. In the 2nd half, the La Tech QB would find a better rhythm and he was aided by some poor tackling by the defense, especially from the young corner backs. Which was about the only real weakness we saw from the D, inability to make tackles in space. 3 quarters of shut out ball was an impressive start to the season. Coach Todd will be coaching his young charges up this week. Offensive player of the game: Going to be a regular we think this year but Sam was again The Man, going 28 of 38 and 4 TDs for a 91 QBR. Honorable Mention goes to Devin Duvernan, Keotay Ingram and Malcom Eagles who recorded his 1st 2 touchdown grabs of his college career. Defensive player of the game: Tough call this week but the nod goes to Joseph Ossai with an INT (should have been 2), 5 tackles and a tackle for loss. Honorable Mention, Caden "The Wolf" Sterns and Jeffery McCullough. Stats that Matter 30 rushes and 43 pass attempts for the game. It was clear we were protecting our RBs and good thing as Whittington seemed to still be bothered by his hernia injury. He did show at one point why he is such a weapon, he juked an LT player so badly, kid lost his jock. 8-14 on 3rd down attempts by the offense. 5-14 3rd downs allowed by the D. We sustained drives, we stopped drives. 3.75 points per drive. Basically a TD every other drive. Next up LSU and their #6 ranking comes to town marking the Biggest Game at DKR since #10 Notre Dame in 2016. This time the Horns will show up with a Top 10 ranking of their own in an early showdown of playoff hopeful Top 10 teams. The hype machine is on overdrive, Game Day will be in Da House to see 2 programs chomping at the bit to get back intp the National Title mix in the biggest game in College Football so far this year. DKR under the lights, it's going to be EPIC. And it always seems like the biggest game at DKR are under the light. Most notably Cougar High in 1990 and Mizzu in 2008 (my son's first in person game) These are the types of games Tom Herman does his best coaching, national stage, considered the underdog with a big time chip on the Horns shoulder. Shhhhh, don't tell either team or staff but the loser of the game still has everything to play for afterwards, though the margin for playoff error goes to zero. #1 worry from the Cheap Seats, can our young CB tackle their WRs in space? #2 Can our front 5/6/7 (who knows the way Coach Todd lines them up) shut down their rushing attack? This is going to be FUN. Mack Watch We said we projected Mack to take UNC from 4 to 5 wins total in the past 2 years to a bowl team this year and beating the Cocks was a big start to that. Yes, we understand some of you are still butt hurt at Mack but the reality is he gave TEXAS the 2nd best decade in our history and a National Title. Neither Coach Boom nor CFS was the man to replace him. CTH OTOH, might well be that guy. We'll be keeping up with Mack's chase for a bowl game every week. Ranking the BigXII #1 TEXAS. You want to say "homer" call, go for it. But this is most talented team in the conference top to bottom. #2 OU Sucks to say but Jalen Hurts out of the gate with the biggest QB night in the BigXII. Over 300 yards passing and 170 rushing plus 6 TDs. #3 Okie Lite. You move up the rankings when you shellac a Power 5 program. In fact OSU would play the ONLY Power 5 opener in the BigXII. #4 TCU Fighten' Frogs trying to bounce back from a horrendous 2018 #5 Baylor F Rape U but Matt Rhule has done an outstanding coaching job #6 ISU As Tuna (Bill Parcells) would say, ISU was eating the cheese this offseason and needed 3 OTs to defeat Northern Iowa #7 WVU They are on the cusp of sliding to the bottom tier. Another team with YUGE talent losses but also a new HC. # 8 TT. They bring back an outstanding QB but a new HC. #9 KSU Bring on the post Snyder era #10 Kansas New HC Less Miles wins his opener, he's got that going for him. Sorry this got out a bit later than normal. My son broke his arm in a biking accident. Glad we had the Life360 app (free) to track him. He'd cut through the golf course and police and fire did not know where he was. Thanks to the app, we able to lead them right to him (they got their about two minutes before
  4. 11-2 since the conference title game is "regular" season. And let's be candid, anything less than winning the conference is a bit of a let down. Not end of the world/fire the coach/oh shit it CFS 2.0 but time to step up.
  5. I never get any love. . . . . Trace, not tracy. . .just FYI. Good dude. . .AMAZING memory. I need to email/text him. OB appears to be getting lapped on the "sports/recruiting" side. . . They are great because of the community that has built up over there and despite my issues with management and their chicken shit antics, I'll never leave. Though I do think I am the only official Hall of Fame member of the board who still posts beyond CS
  6. Sorry I missed this, I would have grabbed you for lunch or dinner/drinks one day. . . My bad Oh just saw it's through Wed. . . breakfast tacos tomorrow? Rudy's? or lunch? Let me know
  7. Bucky Brooks comments: After watching @sehlinger3 spin it at @Elite11 workouts, I think the football world might be sleeping on his long-term potential. He throws it much better than most observers suggest and his footwork/eyes/arm strength in a workout would earn high marks from coaches. day 1 rankings https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/Elite-11-Quarterbacks-2019-rankings-Day-1-Bryce-Young-CJ-Stroud-133305382/ Card #4 Day 2 rankings https://twitter.com/Elite11/status/1145472066256343040/photo/1 Card up to #2 Folks, think we got a REALLY good one and JJ is no slouch . . .QB room getting full Not sure how to post a twitter pic.
  8. They used Super Bowl odds to slot teams so I doubt Dallas drafting 23rd but will go with it. Brandon Jones #19 pick to the 49ers Collin Johnson #38 to the Bills. As far as Da Boys, they have them going WR at #23 Henry Ruggs/Bama which I don't see, Dallas pretty loaded at WR unless they let Cooper walk. Would rather have the next pick, CJ Henderson CB Florida as I think they might let Byron Jones walk (can't pay everyont) Then USF TE Michael Wilcox at #55. Certainly a good position fit. Based on this mock, I'd be trading back for top flight S help Yeah, way too early and nothing but mental floss/masturbation but it's at least football talk. https://draftwire.usatoday.com/gallery/2020-nfl-mock-draft-2-rounds-tua-tagovailoa-justin-herbert/ CBSSports has 5 QBs in round 1. No Horns in round 1 and Dallas at #19 picking S Grant Delpit from LSU. . . sorry great pick but Dallas isn't drafting at 19. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/2020-mock-draft-five-quarterbacks-go-in-first-round-as-patriots-draft-tom-bradys-replacement/
  9. https://collegefootballnews.com/2019/06/all-big-12-football-team-preseason-top-30-players-cfn-preview-2019 Dying for some real football. I actually wrote the TEXAS preview for these guys back in 2003 or 2004. My 1st published article. After that, we didn't fair so well on the All Big XII team Now what is ODD to me, Collin Johnson ranked #6 in the conference but does not nab a 1st Team wR slot as the 2 OU WRs are ranked ahead of him. . .. 2019 Preseason CFN Big 12 Top 30 Players 1. QB Sam Ehlinger, Jr. Texas 2. WR CeeDee Lamb, Jr. Oklahoma 3. WR Tylan Wallace, Jr. Oklahoma State 4. QB Jalen Hurts, Sr. Oklahoma 5. WR Jalen Reagor, Jr. TCU 6. WR Collin Johnson, Sr. Texas 7. LB Kenneth Murray, Jr. Oklahoma 8. TE Grant Calcaterra, Jr. Oklahoma 9. C Zach Shackelford, Sr. Texas 10. RB Trey Sermon, Jr. Oklahoma 11. RB Chuba Hubbard, Soph. Oklahoma State 12. DE JaQuan Bailey, Jr. Iowa State 13. CB Adrian Frye, Soph. Texas Tech 14. QB Brock Purdy, Soph. Iowa State 15. DE Reggie Walker, Sr. Kansas State 2019 CFN College Football Preview: All 130 Team Previews, Win Total Predictions 16. QB Charlie Brewer, Jr. Baylor 17. CB Jeff Gladney, Sr. TCU 18. S Caden Sterns, Soph. Texas 19. S Greg Eisworth, Jr. Iowa State 20. LB/S JoVanni Stewart, Sr. West Virginia 21. DT James Lynch, Jr. Baylor 22. OT Lucas Niang, Sr. TCU 23. QB Alan Bowman, Soph. Texas Tech 24. CB AJ Green, Sr. Oklahoma State 25. OG Jack Anderson, Jr. Texas Tech 26. DT Ray Lima, Sr. Iowa State 27. QB Austin Kendall, Jr. West Virginia 28. LB Jordyn Brooks, Sr. Texas Tech 29. S Brandon Jones, Sr. Texas 30. RB Kennedy Brooks, Soph. Oklahoma
  10. They didn't see it that way after listening to Will McClay, Hill was their "pet cat" and frankly I really like the pick. They should have traded up to the top of the 4th with their 4th comp pick and 5th to get one of the 3 Safeties still available. But I was shocked that JJ and Will didn't call for my input.
  11. More I read on Tony Pollard, he seems like a Kellen Moore pick than a Jason Garrett pick. Very interesting so see how this year's offense plays out.
  12. Thank you sir On Whitten, he's only back for a year, they still need a TE of the future but hopefully Shultz and/or Jarwin develop.
  13. Medal of Honors are earned not won. There was no contest.
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