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  1. For 2018, the NCAA has changed how they'll do the seeding for the CWS Tournament. See the article below from Kendall Rogers at www.D1Baseball.com ************************************************************************** Top Seeding Changes Coming To Tourney News Kendall Rogers - October 6, 2017 For years, college baseball coaches and fans alike have asked the same question about how the NCAA tournament field is assembled. “If softball can seed the top teams in the tournament 1-16, why can’t baseball?”. That’s the question that has been on everyone’s mind for at least the past decade. It was guaranteed to come up at every State of Baseball press conference in Omaha, and it has always been a topic of discussion at the American Baseball Coaches Association Convention as well. That question no longer needs to be asked, as the NCAA baseball postseason format will include seeding the Top 16 teams and regional hosts in the field of 64 as opposed to just the Top 8 teams that we’re accustomed to, a measure that was approved this past week by the Division I Baseball Committee and subsequently by the NCAA Competition Oversight Committee. “This is a big deal for our sport. We have to continue making the tournament better and by going 1-16 with the top seeds, it makes our tournament more equal to all areas,” Sidwell said. “The committee felt strongly that this was something we should do. There were times when there were particular restrictions on travel, mileage and things like that, but we wanted to grow the game and make the tourney better. “So, now we’re at 1-16, and I think we get more of a true field,” he continued. “We will have true matchups in super regionals for the teams in the Top 16. My biggest thing is looking at our great sport and find ways that we can grow the game and make everything better, whether it’s pace of play or simply tweaking some things in regards to the postseason.” The best news? It’ll start in 2018 and the format will call for 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, and so on in the super regional round. Should one of those seeds get upset in the regional round, the winner of the regional would replace them as that seed and there would not be a reseeding process, a potential future change that many coaches are still in favor of. “This is a great step forward for our sport and long overdue,” TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “College baseball has grown to the point that regionalization of the NCAA tournament should be an afterthought to putting the best possible tournament structure together."Committee chairman Scott Sidwell has been a strong proponent of seeding 1-16. For the most part, the feeling from the NCAA had always been that it wants to help grow and promote the sport in different parts of the country, while also hoping to present supers that will be buzzy for television ratings and attractive matchups. Therefore, we have consistently ended up with outstanding super regionals such as Florida-Florida State, Florida-Miami, of course TCU-Texas A&M, and out on the West Coast, it was a virtual guarantee that some of those teams would be paired in the supers round. While exciting, it left a salty taste in the mouths of several coaches over the years. “I just think it’s going to be a different angle on the postseason. Instead of making it more regionalized like the past, it’s going to be much more national in scope,” Cal State Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook said. “This was a good day for the California schools, and frankly, other teams like Florida, Florida State and Miami, along with TCU and Texas A&M. Now, you’ll have multiple teams from multiple areas paired up in supers, which is good for the game. It makes this a national thing.” But the idea of shifting away from ranking the traditional 1-8 national seeds and moving to a 1-16 seeding format began to gain more traction this past summer in Omaha, thanks to NCAA Division I Committee chairman Scott Sidwell, the athletic director at the University of San Francisco, and others. Sidwell never budged when asked about the possibility of seeding 1-16. He would always say “absolutely”, and by the end of his trip to Omaha, he made it clear it was his mission to make sure that change occurred before his tenure was up. He and other members of the committee didn’t waste any time and college baseball will now see a much-needed change take place With the premier teams and regional hosts being seeded 1-16, the next question from many around the sport will be about potentially seeding 1-64. Though you can’t say never after today’s news, the likelihood of that occurring in the near future is small. There are some serious obstacles against seeding all 64 teams in the postseason. Unlike basketball, which has almost every game televised on some sort of platform, there are still some conferences where viewing games is a challenge. Of course, there are regional advisory committees, but I doubt the committee will want to rely solely on that and metrics to make those tough decisions in the 50-64 range. “Going to 64 at some point would be challenging because there are so many championships and the way we do our championship would in theory affect other championships,” Sidwell said. “There are some financial concerns with going to a 1-64 seeding, and some other items that we’d need to look at.” For now, consider it a win for Sidwell and the sport. We finally got 1-16.
  2. The Longhorns are set to host Bill Snyder and the Kansas State Wildcats at 6:00 p.m. central this Saturday in Austin. The Longhorns are currently 4-point favorites, but are 3-7 against Bill Snyder’s Wildcats in their last 10 meetings. Here what our staff has to say: Daniel Seahorn I never feel comfortable when it comes to Texas playing the Purple Wizard and his Wildcats. Never. Offensively they don’t have Collin Klien, Jordy Nelson, or a Tyler Lockett out there. They are going to pound the rock and utilize the QB run game. They want to have long, methodical drives on offense while having a solid defense that plays disciplined football and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. This has been the recipe for some time. With the way the Texas defense has played since week one I think they will be up to the task of corralling Jesse Ertz and the Wildcat offense if things continue to carry over to this week. The Wildcats wanting to run the ball plays a bit into Texas’ hand as they’ve shown they can take the run game away. The offense on the other hand has me worried. They struggled mightily against ISU and the offensive line is starting a pair of tackles that in an ideal situation probably wouldn’t be out there right now for Texas. I expect K-State to dial up the edge pressures early and often. I truly don’t know what to expect from the offense at this point and that’s the primary thing giving me pause for my prediction. I think this ends up being a low scoring contest. I hope I end up being wrong on the outcome. KSU 24 – Texas 17 Jameson McCausland I was thinking this week about past games against Kansas State, and it just amazes me how poorly Texas seems to play against the Wildcats. Aside from a pair of wins at DKR in 2013 and 2015, the Longhorns have been handled by Kansas State easily. What I think changes this year is the defense for Texas. For years, I feel like poor fundamentals and coaching on the defensive side of the ball have plagued the Longhorns against the Wildcats, but Texas won’t have that problem this year. The offense will do just enough to get the job done and I think both Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger will see playing time. Tom Herman has said continuously that Texas needs to learn how to win, and I think the team is going to learn how to do just that with a tough fought victory on Saturday night. Texas 21 – KSU 17 Ross Labenske As always, the Kansas State-Texas game should prove to be a good one. The Wildcats are fresh off a near scare versus winless Baylor, and they will look to carry that momentum through Austin, Texas. Fortunately for the Longhorns, they have fared better at home against the Wildcats than in the Little Apple, winning 3 of the 6 games played in Austin since these two teams joined the Big-XII. If either team has any hope of competing for the Big-XII crown, especially the Longhorns, they need to win this one if they want to even be in the conversation. Shane Buechele practiced this past Tuesday with a taped ankle, so it might be a game-time decision if he starts. Regardless of who starts at quarterback, the Longhorns will be stacked up against a solid defensive unit coached by Bill Snyder, which is in the Top-15 in the NCAA in scoring defense, averaging 15 points a game thus far, and #33 in the nation in rushing defense as well. It all comes down to the offensive line play for the Longhorns though, and if they can block for whoever is throwing the football and give way to a run game that gives plenty of carries to Chris Warren III, Toneil Carter and company. It’s gonna be a good one, but as to who’ll win it? Comes down to whoever makes the least mistakes. And for Texas, that margin for error is becoming smaller and smaller. Texas 21 – KSU 17 Aaron Carrara After playing the last two games on the road and splitting wins/losses, the Longhorns host a home matchup against a team that usually gets the better of them. The Wildcats will test a Texas defense that is peaking in just about every area, fully expecting senior quarterback Jesse Ertz to beat the Longhorns with a heavy dose of zone read and a sprinkle of passes. The Kansas State defense has done a fantastic job on the season, holding opponents to 21 points or less in each of their first four games. They lead the Big 12 in total defense, and hold teams to an average of 120 yard rushing per game. It’s no secret that the Longhorns have struggled in the run department which means Tim Beck will need to utilize his playmakers and find creative ways to gain positive yards on the ground. The defense has found a way to win the Longhorns games and this Saturday will be no different. Texas will score a defensive touchdown and pressure Ertz most of the game to help assist a Texas offense that struggles to find a run game. Texas 34 – KSU 31
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  4. The Texas Longhorns (1-1, 0-0) will face the USC Trojans (2-0, 0-0), the sixth meeting between the two teams, at the Los Angeles Coliseum today at 7:30 pm. Texas looks to carry their momentum from the 56-0 win over San Jose State last weekend and win its second straight game, in the team’s first road contest of the season. USC, ranked #4 in the country, holds a 2-0 record after defeating Western Michigan in the season opener, and dismantling #14 Stanford at the Coliseum last weekend. The two teams last met in the 2005 BCS National Championship Game in which the Longhorns prevailed 41-38. Texas coach Tom Herman boasts impressive career numbers against ranked opponents as a head coach, with a perfect 6-0 record against ranked opponents, including a 3-0 record against Top-10 opponents. Texas Longhorns vs. USC Trojans Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 Time: 7:30 PM CST Television: FOX Venue: Los Angeles Coliseum Location: Los Angeles, CA Relevant Articles and Information: Staff Predictions – Texas vs. San Jose State The Line: Trojans favored by more than two touchdowns over Longhorns Get to know USC: Offense Texas – USC: Can the Longhorns pull off the upset? Get to know USC: Defense/Special Teams
  5. The end of an era, and the birth of a new one. The writing has been on the wall for some time now and today it was finally made official by university officials. The Charlie Strong Texas Football era is over and it looks like his successor has all but officially been decided. Tom Herman you now have the floor in Austin. I last wrote about shoveling the dirt on Strong’s tenure as the head coach at Texas, so I won’t be spending time on the past. It is time to focus on the present and the future and with Strong being out of a job that means all eyes are now squarely on Herman. By this time most are probably pretty familiar with Herman’s resume. National championship as the offensive at coordinator and won it with his third string quarterback, instant success at Houston in 2015 with a 13-1 record that included a Peach Bowl win over Florida State, and followed that up with a 9-3 season that included wins over Oklahoma in the opener then a beat down of Lamar Jackson and Louisville last week. This is where everyone screams and hollers about Houston losing to Navy, SMU, and Memphis this year. This is where I say Navy may very well win the conference this year and win 10 games, Memphis was a ranked team just last year and won 8 games, and the SMU game… well yeah that was a bit of a WTF moment, but Houston was really banged up in the middle of the year. Even if that is your sticking point, the man just went 22-4 in two seasons in a place that isn’t used to winning as much as they were. They surely aren’t used to boat racing the likes of Oklahoma, Florida State, and Louisville in a two year span. They surely are not used to landing five star studs like Ed Oliver, and they are not used to almost stringing together consecutive 10 win seasons (never has happened in their history). Here’s another question for those that are in doubt, who would you hire given the state of the market right now? Chris Petersen was and is probably never is leaving the Pacific Northwest, Les Miles was a non-starter, and the Sabans, Meyers, and Dabos of the world are not leaving their current gigs. Any and all realistic options for the position came with flaws. Texas was going to have to gamble a bit, but they are gambling on the most attractive and most sought after name on the coaching carousel. Go up the road and ask the folks at LSU if they would take Tom Herman as their head coach right now. Anyone in that building who says Ed Orgeron was their guy from the start is flat out lying, and I love Coach O a ton. The LSU brass wanted Tom Herman and now they are having the roll the dice a bit themselves on a guy who had a less than stellar first stint as a head coach at Ole Miss. So I ask you, would you trade places with LSU right now and be comfortable making a similar hire? With Tom Herman you get a coach and staff with established Texas roots who could potentially rescue you from the recruiting purgatory you are currently stuck in due to the fact that the previous coach couldn’t show progress on the field this year. I’m not saying Texas is going to get ERRYBODY with the pending hire of Herman, but he no doubt gives you a shot in the arm down the home stretch and he is a very good recruiter who will now have the Texas brand behind him. I am particularly intrigued by the kind of staff Herman will put around himself with that increase in budget and resources, as he was already doing an outstanding job down in 3rd Ward with a much tighter budget. It’s been common knowledge for some time that Texas was his dream job, so I can’t imagine him being unprepared for making this leap to the big show after putting himself in the best position possible to reap the rewards if the job came open eventually. In this business you are not always going to be able to find the perfect candidate for the job. There is going to be some risk involved on the behalf of the university no doubt about, but what is a sure fire alternative at this point? One thing I can say for sure is that Herman will be inheriting a better situation than his predecessor a few years ago and there will be much higher expectations to win quicker due to the fact that the roster has much more talent on it and an established starter at quarterback. If Texas wins 10 games in the 2017, the new coaching staff better make sure they send some thank you cards to Charlie Strong, because he was able to put more talent on the depth chart during his stint in Austin. I know there many out there who have their doubts and I know there are plenty of people who still wanted Strong to stay all things considered, but Texas is where they are for reason. With a changing of the guard now isn’t the time to divide. Now more than ever everyone needs to come together and support the new coach, his staff, and the players. I know that will fall on deaf ears for some, but at this point the only direction to go is forward, and I think Texas fans in time will get excited to the brand of football coming to Austin.
  6. The end of an era, and the birth of a new one. The writing has been on the wall for some time now and today it was finally made official by university officials. The Charlie Strong Texas Football era is over and it looks like his successor has all but officially been decided. Tom Herman you now have the floor in Austin. I last wrote about shoveling the dirt on Strong’s tenure as the head coach at Texas, so I won’t be spending time on the past. It is time to focus on the present and the future and with Strong being out of a job that means all eyes are now squarely on Herman. By this time most are probably pretty familiar with Herman’s resume. National championship as the offensive at coordinator and won it with his third string quarterback, instant success at Houston in 2015 with a 13-1 record that included a Peach Bowl win over Florida State, and followed that up with a 9-3 season that included wins over Oklahoma in the opener then a beat down of Lamar Jackson and Louisville last week. This is where everyone screams and hollers about Houston losing to Navy, SMU, and Memphis this year. This is where I say Navy may very well win the conference this year and win 10 games, Memphis was a ranked team just last year and won 8 games, and the SMU game… well yeah that was a bit of a WTF moment, but Houston was really banged up in the middle of the year. Even if that is your sticking point, the man just went 22-4 in two seasons in a place that isn’t used to winning as much as they were. They surely aren’t used to boat racing the likes of Oklahoma, Florida State, and Louisville in a two year span. They surely are not used to landing five star studs like Ed Oliver, and they are not used to almost stringing together consecutive 10 win seasons (never has happened in their history). Here’s another question for those that are in doubt, who would you hire given the state of the market right now? Chris Petersen was and is probably never is leaving the Pacific Northwest, Les Miles was a non-starter, and the Sabans, Meyers, and Dabos of the world are not leaving their current gigs. Any and all realistic options for the position came with flaws. Texas was going to have to gamble a bit, but they are gambling on the most attractive and most sought after name on the coaching carousel. Go up the road and ask the folks at LSU if they would take Tom Herman as their head coach right now. Anyone in that building who says Ed Orgeron was their guy from the start is flat out lying, and I love Coach O a ton. The LSU brass wanted Tom Herman and now they are having the roll the dice a bit themselves on a guy who had a less than stellar first stint as a head coach at Ole Miss. So I ask you, would you trade places with LSU right now and be comfortable making a similar hire? With Tom Herman you get a coach and staff with established Texas roots who could potentially rescue you from the recruiting purgatory you are currently stuck in due to the fact that the previous coach couldn’t show progress on the field this year. I’m not saying Texas is going to get ERRYBODY with the pending hire of Herman, but he no doubt gives you a shot in the arm down the home stretch and he is a very good recruiter who will now have the Texas brand behind him. I am particularly intrigued by the kind of staff Herman will put around himself with that increase in budget and resources, as he was already doing an outstanding job down in 3rd Ward with a much tighter budget. It’s been common knowledge for some time that Texas was his dream job, so I can’t imagine him being unprepared for making this leap to the big show after putting himself in the best position possible to reap the rewards if the job came open eventually. In this business you are not always going to be able to find the perfect candidate for the job. There is going to be some risk involved on the behalf of the university no doubt about, but what is a sure fire alternative at this point? One thing I can say for sure is that Herman will be inheriting a better situation than his predecessor a few years ago and there will be much higher expectations to win quicker due to the fact that the roster has much more talent on it and an established starter at quarterback. If Texas wins 10 games in the 2017, the new coaching staff better make sure they send some thank you cards to Charlie Strong, because he was able to put more talent on the depth chart during his stint in Austin. I know there many out there who have their doubts and I know there are plenty of people who still wanted Strong to stay all things considered, but Texas is where they are for reason. With a changing of the guard now isn’t the time to divide. Now more than ever everyone needs to come together and support the new coach, his staff, and the players. I know that will fall on deaf ears for some, but at this point the only direction to go is forward, and I think Texas fans in time will get excited to the brand of football coming to Austin.
  7. Texas (5-5, 3-4) vs. Kansas (1-9, 0-7) Date: Saturday, November 19, 2017 Time: 2:30 PM CST Venue: Memorial Stadium Location: Lawrence, KS TV: ABC/ESPN2 All-time series record: Texas is 13-2 all-time against the Jayhwaks The Longhorns have won 13 consecutive in the series) Last meeting: Texas defeated Kansas 59-20 in Austin (November 7, 2015) The Longhorns look to become bowl eligible with a win over the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas. Texas lost a close one to West Virginia in Austin last weekend 20-24, while the Jayhawks lost to Iowa State in Lawrence 24-31 (their 9th straight loss). Relevant articles: Quick Takes: Kansas The Film Room: Breaking down Texas vs. West Virginia The stats behind Texas running back D'Onta Foreman's charge for 2,000 yards The Great Debate: Should Charlie Strong be afforded another year at Texas?
  8. http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/nissan/heisman/2016/#!/ You can vote everyday
  9. Everyone knows by now, Horns @ Jayhawks kicks off at 2:30 p.m. I'll be in Lawrence by 9:30 a.m., parked in lot 54 with beer in hand by no later than 10 a.m. Who else will be making the trip? I know I had another topic started months ago about this and some of you commented/confirmed you'll be there. Since it's game week, I figure I'll ignite that convo again. Who is gonna be in Lawrence to watch Texas become bowl eligible?
  10. Jon Gruden

    "Hey, man! This Shane Buechele kid is somethin' special! And I tell ya what, man - this talent on this Texas team?! Hook 'Em Horns, man!" I don't know why, but anyone and everyone who doesn't follow this program thinks this is a realistic replacement candidate. Reasons: A.) Gruden still wants to coach, but on his terms. Meaning, it has to basically be a hand picked situation, not just any job. -Ok. I believe that theory. Most successful coaches at his age, with his resume, etc. Have that luxury. It's not a crazy concept. B.) Gruden has wanted to coach college ball, burnt out on the NFL. Runs his camp for young players -- namely QBs -- and enjoys developing guys. Tired of the NFL regiment, personable and feels like he could really recruit young kids, go into living rooms. Almost sort of has a Dabo/Jimbo feel to him. -Ok. Yeah, I suppose. C.) ESPN doesn't have the money it did when it signed him onto Monday Night Football, plus Torico is gone. -Ok. Not sure that really matters, unless the competing potential job is head coach at Texas, where he would probably make 3-to-5 times what he brings in now. However, such is the standard when he will work with 20-to-30 times the pressure and stress. So, I don't know if standing in a booth for four hours every Monday night after a week of hanging around teams really seems like something he would want to leave for everything the Texas job is. Which, while I don't agree about it being a cesspool, or any other hard reference Herbstreit gave it, I do believe there is a lot more BS that coaches have to deal with here. But it's not unwarranted. You don't want BS, it's simple: win. So, I don't know if ESPN NOT being able to pay him as much as what he makes right now when it's time for a new contract is reason enough to completely pivot and go the complete opposite direction and coach college football at Texas, where the look on his face the day he's introduced would be broken down and analyzed to predict how many wins he will have in his first season. D.) These folks who say this name think it's Texas, Alabama or USC that will pull Gruden to the college ranks. -Yeah. Water is also wet. Duh. E.) And when the name has been brought up on any platform, such as radio spots, both national or local, there's a genuine belief he wants to get back to coaching, period, that it may just be a void he wants to fill, so perhaps he isn't THAT picky about where he lands if he leaves ESPN. -Nah. No way. Not at this point in his life. And that's where I'm at. As obvious as the statement "well, it would have to be USC, or Alabama, or Texas" is, I just don't see this guy diving back into everything that coaching is, in what is quite honestly the more demanding of level of coaching: college football. So, I open this thread with these talking points I have heard, or engaged in, and I ask you all: Does the name Jon Gruden make your ears perk up? Or do you find yourself walking to the liquor cabinet in sadness, preparing to pour a strong scotch as you watch the program take 10 steps backwards? #HookEm
  11. The early spread is Notre Dame -4.5. Buying or selling? I think it's going to be a close game. Up here in Indiana, every Irish fan talks a lot about last year's 38-3 nightmare. In fact, it's all they'll talk about. I don't know if they're just not paying attention to the current rosters, trending topics coming out of each camp, or what, but they don't see to care about anything other than last year's result, ignoring the ESPN FPI almost putting this game at a 50/50 toss up. Add that to the fact Notre Dame lost huge playmakers from last season on both sides of the ball while Texas has had an entire off-season to develop and improve its young talent. I know the Irish has two proven quarterbacks, but I don't look at their roster the same way I did last year. Anyway, what say you? I think the early spread is fair, and I bet it will stay put before dropping to Notre Dame -3 by game day.
  12. https://twitter.com/TrentDomingue/status/757249202342678532 Domingue finished 13-of-17 on field goals and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award during his junior season in 2015\. He chose to transfer from LSU after his scholarship was not renewed for his senior year.
  13. Sorry for the least exciting thread on this board in quite some time, but I am on the search for two tickets to the game on Sept. 4. My wife and I will be arriving in Austin from Indianapolis on Friday, Sept. 2. Meeting somewhere in Austin to make the transaction can be the first priority when we get into town. I'm not trying to string anyone out until game day. I know these are hard tickets to come by. And I don't want to pay an arm and a leg. I may be one of many, many people making the trip down from Indiana, but I'm wearing the right colors. So, please, while I understand a slight cost above face is a worthy expectation for a game like this, don't come at me with "$300" or "$450" A PIECE for upper level, etc. I am happy to pay anywhere from $125- to $250 a piece depending where your tickets are -- as this can be negotiated. If you have an extra pair, or know someone who is selling, let them know I bleed orange and I am a serious buyer -- I won't back out if we can agree on something. I'm coming from Indiana for crying out loud. You can reach me at 317-938-7919. Just shoot me a text. Or follow me on Twitter @CoreyElliot I'm hoping to solidify this by the time the weekend comes, though, I know based on last year's experience in South Bend, hours before game time it looked like people couldn't hardly find someone to give their extra tickets away to, so it's not a drastic situation just yet. Hook 'Em! and thanks for anything any of y'all can do.
  14. Article via Taylor Smith, HornSports Contributor The Texas women’s basketball team ended its 2015-16 campaign a week ago Monday in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns lost to the University of Connecticut, 65-86, holding the Huskies to their lowest offensive scoring night in the tournament through their first four games. Before the game, UCONN scored an average of 98.7 points a contest. It was unfortunate that Texas drew a No. 2 seed in UCONN’s region as the Huskies are aiming for their fourth consecutive national title, but the Longhorns never gave up. “I think everyone could see that our team was exhausting themselves trying to compete,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said in the postgame conference. Freshman guard Lashann Higgs and sophomore guard Ariel Atkins each scored 19 points, tying for the team high in points. Higgs came off the bench and utilized her 19 minutes wisely; the 19 points she scored created a new career high for her. Atkins played nearly the entire game, totaling 33 minutes of work. She hit three-of-four from 3-point range and swiped three steals. Higgs and Atkins both earned Bridgeport All-Regional Team honors, giving Texas its first spots on an NCAA All-Regional team since 2003. They accompanied three other UCONN players on the list. Atkins averaged 18 points and 2.8 steals a game through four tournament games, leading the Longhorns in both categories. Higgs recorded double figures in scoring for three games, giving herself an average of 11.5 points a game for the tournament. The 2015-16 season for the Longhorns ended up being one of their best seasons in recent years. Texas finished with 31 overall wins, marking a first in program history since the 1987-88 season. The Longhorns started the season undefeated, winning their first 16 games before losing to Baylor and finished with a 15-3 conference record. The team won its way to the Big 12 Championship game for the second consecutive year but came up short to Baylor. The No. 2 seed the Longhorns earned for the NCAA tournament marked their best seeding since 2004 when the team received a No. 1 seed. “I think we are a phenomenal basketball team,” said Aston. “I didn’t say that last year. We weren’t. But I think we are a really good. And very easily could have been in the Final Four had we gone in a different region.” The 2016-17 Texas women’s basketball team will have some big shoes to fill. Seniors Imani Boyette, Brady Sanders, Celina Rodrigo and Empress Davenport are all graduating and leaving the forty acres. Boyette ended her career as the only Longhorn to record more than 1,000 career points, 1,000 career rebounds and 200 career blocks. Rodrigo leaves the program as the active leader in career assists. She recorded 140 assists this past season, which was 51 more than second place. Davenport played in every Longhorn matchup this season, starting in 34 of the 36 games. Sanders, recovering from her offseason surgery, struggled to see much of the court this past season, but she entered her last year co-leading the team in career games played. Sanders played in 29 of the games this past season. Texas’ underclassmen have already been stepping up as seen through Higgs and Atkins performances during the NCAA tournament. Coming into the tournament, Atkins averaged 10 points a game. The 15 points she scored against Alabama State during the first round marked her lowest offensive showing during the tournament – She scored 22 against Missouri, 16 against UCLA and 19 against UCONN. During Big 12 conference play, Higgs only recorded minutes in 16 of the 18 games, averaging 4.1 points. Higgs ended the Longhorns’ NCAA tournament run with the third highest average in points on the team – Atkins and sophomore guard Brooke McCarty were the two teammates ahead of her. Texas had a good run this season, finishing with more than 30 wins, but Aston is ready for a championship, and reaching the Elite Eight this season should encourage the team to push for more next season, according to Aston. “As much as 31-5 sounds unbelievable, and I do think that we were an unbelievable team and had an unbelievable year, we still don’t have a ring,” said Aston. “We are still chasing championships. So, we should be highly motivated.”
  15. The Longhorns are poised for an NCAA Tournament bid in Shaka Smart's first season in Austin. Texas fans wanting to get hyped for a potential deep run in March can now relive some of the most electric moments from the season so far.
  16. Here is the press release: Anthony Johnson, a former member of the Longhorns football team (2001-05) and staff, and a 10-year coaching veteran who was recently named co-offensive coordinator at Toledo, has been named running backs coach at Texas, head coach Charlie Strong announced Saturday. "There's no way I could put into words how excited I am about the opportunity to come back to Texas and be the running backs coach," Johnson said. "I grew up a Longhorn fan, played at Texas and bleed orange through and through. This is just an awesome day for me and my family!" "Our entire staff thought that Anthony was a perfect fit to coach our running backs," Strong said. "He's a tremendous young coach with great energy and enthusiasm. Anthony played high school ball in Texas, played and coached at Texas and really knows the pride and tradition of our place and our state well. He's a guy that has played running back at a high level, who also has gained a great deal of experience coaching the position and just has so much passion for the game and drive as a coach. You could really see that during our visits, and I know Sterlin (Gilbert) and the offensive staff really hit it off with him, too. He'll be a super addition to our staff, and we're looking forward to getting him here." Johnson spent the last two seasons as running backs coach at Toledo where he helped guide an offense that led the Mid-American Conference in rushing both seasons, ranking 12th in the nation in 2014 (256.4 ypg), and 27th in 2015 (207.9 ypg). The Rockets were a combined 19-6 in that time with two bowl wins. "I've obviously been watching the program from afar for years, and I have great admiration for Coach Strong," Johnson said. "After spending some time in Austin with him and his staff recently, you can really feel the energy of what's going on at Texas. Coach Strong is a great football coach and a man of integrity who has so much passion for the kids and the program. There's just a special feeling around him and the program right now. I know there are big things in the future for Texas football, and I can't wait to get down there and be a part of it. "I spent a lot of time with Sterlin, Matt (Mattox) and Jeff (Traylor), and I feel like I really connected with them. They're all tremendous football coaches with a great vision for what they want to accomplish. I love what they're bringing offensively, and I've been fortunate enough to coach in a very similar style of offense for years. I'm really looking forward to getting in that room with all of the talented running backs at Texas and playing my role to help get the offense going." Last year, the Rockets ranked 30th nationally in total offense (460.9 ypg) and 31st in scoring offense (35.0 ppg). They finished with a 10-2 record, including regular season wins at Arkansas and against Iowa State, and capped the season by defeating Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. The rushing attack featured a pair of second-team All-MAC selections in Kareem Hunt and Terry Swanson, who both surpassed 900 rushing yards and averaged over 80 yards per game. Despite playing in only nine contests, Hunt led the team with 973 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 178 carries (5.47 ypc) for an average of 108.1 ypg, leading the MAC and ranking 23rd in the nation. Swanson was just behind with 923 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 143 carries for an average of 6.45 yards per carry, which ranked 17th in the nation. Damion Jones-Moore added 410 rushing yards and five touchdowns. "I've always known I wanted to be a coach, going back to when I was drawing up plays for my pee-wee football coach," Johnson said. "I've been so fortunate to have great mentors that have helped me grow as a coach and a person over the years. I can't thank Coach (Mack) Brown enough for everything he's done for me, and the coaches I worked with in the running back room at Texas, Ken Rucker and Mike Haywood. When I think about the great players I was able to play with or work with as a student and grad assistant at Texas – Cedric Benson, Selvin Young, Chris Ogbonnaya, Jamaal Charles and Fozzy Whittaker – it reminds me of the people that I watched and learned so much from. I really appreciate Coach Willie Fritz giving me my first chance to be a full-time assistant at Sam Houston State. We were able to win a lot of games there and I learned a lot. I've just been so fortunate in my career and am really looking forward to this great opportunity." In 2014, besides ranking 12th in rushing, the Toledo offense was 15th nationally in total offense (490.5 ypg) and 19th in scoring (36.6 ppg). Hunt ranked third in the nation in rushing yards per game (163.1 ypg), 10th in rushing yards (1,631), 14th in rushing touchdowns (16) and second in yards per carry (7.96). Despite playing in only 10 games, his 1,631 rushing yards was the second-highest single-season mark in Toledo history. He earned first-team All-MAC honors and was the MVP of the GoDaddy Bowl, rushing for 271 yards in the victory. Hunt missed three games and parts of two others due to injuries. During his absence, Swanson and Jones-Moore stepped in, and Toledo won four of those five games, averaging more than 284 yards rushing. Swanson finished the season with 732 yards rushing, while Jones-Moore added 460. Toledo finished the season with a 9-4 record and a win over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl. Prior to his arrival at Toledo, Johnson served as running backs coach at Sam Houston State from 2010-13, playing a key role in the Bearkats' 40-15 record in those four seasons and their back-to-back appearances in the FCS national championship game. Sam Houston State's running backs led an offense that produced 38 school records during Johnson's tenure. In the four years Johnson was with RB Timothy Flanders, he helped him become a three-time All-American, three-time Walter Payton Award finalist, two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year, and four-time all-conference selection who more than doubled the school's career rushing yards and rushing touchdown records with 5,664 yards and 66 touchdowns. Flanders went on to sign as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns. Johnson also tutored Keshawn Hill who finished fourth on the SHSU's all-time rushing list (2,546 yards/34 TDs). In 2013, SHSU ranked fourth in the nation in scoring offense (41.1 ppg/No. 1 Southland), sixth in rushing offense (265.0 ypg/No. 1 Southland), and fifth in rushing touchdowns (40). Flanders earned second-team All-America honors while amassing a conference-best 1,430 rushing yards to rank 12th in the nation, along with 14 rushing touchdowns on 241 attempts (5.9 ypc). He registered three games of 170 or more yards, including one against Texas A&M, with a high of 280 yards against Eastern Washington. Two other backs cleared the 400-yard mark for the season with Hill being tabbed honorable mention All-Southland (536 yards/eight TDs). Sam Houston State finished the year 9-5 and advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs before falling by one point to Southeastern Louisiana. The 2012 Bearkats ranked second in the nation in scoring (40.0 ppg) and seventh in rushing yards (268.3 ypg), setting the school record for single-season rushing yards (4,025). The team scored 600 points, a mark only two other teams in FCS had reached at the time. Flanders picked up third-team All-America honors and was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year after rushing for 1,642 yards and 17 touchdowns on 288 carries (5.7 ypc), including 231 yards against Eastern Washington. Hill also garnered all-conference honors as a third-team selection, finishing with 530 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Sam Houston State posted an 11-4 record, tied for the conference championship, and advanced all the way to the national championship game. The 2011 season was one of the best in school history for Sam Houston State as the team put together 14 consecutive victories, including the school's first 11-0 regular season, was the top seed in the FCS playoffs and played in its first national championship game. The rushing attack was the strength of the offense, leading the Southland and ranking sixth in the nation with 255.9 yards per game. It also helped the offense lead the Southland and rank fourth in the nation in scoring offense (36.9 ppg). Flanders was an AFCA first-team All-American and the Southland Player of the Year, ranking fourth in the nation in scoring (9.6 ppg) and 16th in rushing (109.6 ypg), He set 14 school records, including single-season rushing yards (1,644), rushing touchdowns (22), total touchdowns (24) and all-purpose yards (2,058), and single-game rushing yards (287 vs. Montana), while also leading the team with 34 receptions for 414 yards. The rushing yards and total touchdowns were also Southland Conference records. Two other running backs exceeded 300 yards in Hill (330/1 TD) and Ryan Wilson (371/5 TDs). In Johnson's first season at SHSU, he helped guide the nation's 26th-ranked rushing offense (186.5 ypg). Flanders was the Southland Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-league selection, leading the Southland in rushing yards (978) and rushing touchdowns (13). He ranked second in the conference and 19th in the nation in scoring with 7.8 points per game. Prior to his time at Sam Houston, Johnson served on the quality control staff at Texas for three seasons (2007-09). He worked as an assistant to the running backs coach, helping analyze video and breaking down opposing defensive reports. In that time, Texas compiled a 35-5 record, won Fiesta Bowl and Holiday Bowl titles and played in the National Championship Game following the 2009 season. In 2009, the running backs corps rushed for 1,665 yards and 24 TDs. Tre' Newton emerged to lead the team in rushing, helping fill the void of Chris Ogbonnaya, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round. The running backs combined to rush for 1,371 yards and 20 TDs in 2008. The group only lost one fumble during the season and showed versatility by combining for 65 receptions for 640 yards and three TDs, led by Ogbonnaya, who set the UT single-season record for receptions by a running back with 46. Jamaal Charles earned unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors and a selection as a Doak Walker Award semifinalist in 2007. Charles rushed for 1,619 yards (No. 5 on UT's single-season list) and 18 TDs (No. 8 NCAA/T-No. 5 on UT's single-season list) and went on to be a third-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson was an assistant coach at Jefferson High School in Jefferson, Texas, in 2006, coaching two all-district running backs. The team went 10-2, winning the bidistrict championship. From 2001-05, Johnson was a member of the Longhorns football team as a running back and later as a student assistant with the running backs due to injury. He participated in teams that won the 2005 National Championship, the Rose Bowl following the 2004 season, the Cotton Bowl following the 2002 season, and the 2001 Holiday Bowl. He received a degree from Texas in applied learning and development in 2005. Johnson and his wife, Erica, are the parents of a daughter, London, and a son, Walker.
  17. The Longhorns cracked the Top 25 in both polls (#24 - Associate Press, #25 - USA Today Coaches Poll) and will face #3 Oklahoma tonight in Norman at 8:00 PM. The game will be televised on ESPN. Texas has won four in a row and look to notch another big road win tonight against the Sooners.
  18. Longhorn Nation: Here at the University of Texas at Austin, a group of highly motivated, proud Longhorns are seeking to start an official University of Texas Longhorn Olympic Weightlifting Team that will compete for championships, nationally, internationally, and at the Olympics. UT has produced Olympians in Track and Field, Swimming and Diving, and has sent an astonishing number of first-class Longhorns into professional sports competition, world-wide. There is simply no earthly reason that the University of Texas at Austin should not DOMINATE Olympic Weightlifting. A donation would be greatly appreciated as it would help provide UT with the requisite resources to fund and support a Longhorn Olympic Weightlifting Team that would be sure to obliterate competition, across the United States of America. Support your 'Horns. Hook 'EM! ALL Donations Fund: -Coaching -Equipment -Travel Expenses -Competition Entry Fees -International Weightlifting Federation Membership -USA Weightlifting Membership -National Weightlifting Domination
  19. Last weekend was the biggest event of the recruiting season for the Texas Longhorns, but the coaches will have to reset and do it all again. While the list of names incoming for officials isn’t as grand in stature or pure numbers as last week, this weekend is just as pivotal for Texas to lock down commitments from some of the big targets on their board. The reviews from the first official visit weekend were outstanding, and from talking to players and their families it appears Texas couldn’t have done a better job. Charlie Strong has proven that his time is in the last month of the cycle when he gets cooking on the recruiting trail. In this edition of the recruiting roundup we give you a preview of “Official Visit Weekend Part 2”. Commitments Obi Eboh – There is only one Texas commit slated to be on campus this weekend, but it’s a pretty big one. Eboh committed to Texas in the fall, and was solid to the Longhorns until Stanford came calling a couple of weeks ago. Eboh is serious about his education, with major aspirations to attend a top notch business school. McCombs was a huge draw for him initially, but Stanford was the only situation that could top it in the mind of the talented Southlake cornerback. Eboh visited Palo Alto last week and reportedly enjoyed his visit, but he’s still committed to Texas and there is thought it will stay that way. Eboh’s mother values the Stanford education (as she should), but she also likes the opportunity for him in Austin. She will be on campus with Eboh this week, and Charlie Strong will have his opportunity to work some magic on her. The current Texas commits are also working hard on Eboh to have him stay, and Texas might just have enough momentum to pull it off. The Targets Kyle Porter – Porter is the last man standing on the Texas board after losing Devwah Whaley (Arkansas) and Darius Anderson (TCU). Coincidentally, Porter’s top three is Texas, Arkansas, and TCU which would make things seem academic. Porter is a different kind of recruit. He doesn’t enjoy the spotlight of interviews and social media, and really just wants to play football while getting his education. Texas should feel very good about their chances, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Porter choose one of the other schools on his list. We’ve heard he’s also high on Arkansas where he will visit next week, but our money would be on Texas to show him everything he needs to see this week. Parrish Cobb – Cobb was a late addition to the visit list, but it’s been brewing behind the scenes for a few weeks now. The Oklahoma commit received a Texas offer last year, but Texas never pushed hard for him. Cobb went on to a stellar senior season that ended in a state championship for La Vega high school. The two way star could be a threat on either side of the ball, but his future looks to be at corner. Cobb made a huge rise up the 2016 HornSports Top 50 this year and is ranked as our second best cornerback in the state. He is close with Eric Cuffee which could play a factor here if you believe everything you hear about Cuffee and Texas. Cobb is loyal to Oklahoma, but Texas was always a big time school in his eyes. Texas more than any other program has a chance to get Cobb to flip their way. I’d still lean towards giving Oklahoma the edge, but I’ll be interested to hear the chatter coming out of his camp after this weekend. Chris Brown – DBU is going heavy on defensive backs this weekend. Alief Elsik’s Chris Brown received his offer in the summer, and though I thought he was a quick commit candidate, he stretched things all the way out to signing day. Brown is the teammate and good friend of Dontavious Jackson, the top inside linebacker in the state. While many feel Brown may be a packaged deal, I think he’s good enough to fit in as a hybrid secondary player that could float between a multitude of positions. Brown has a top three of Texas, Michigan, and Florida, but the feeling is strong Texas can close here. Speaking of Dontavious Jackson, keep an eye out to see if he makes this visit with Brown. Texas has really turned his recruitment around in the past few weeks, and a visit this weekend could indicate some great things for the Elsik duo. It could also mean great things for Jeff McCulloch who is very tight with Brown and Jackson as well as our next prospect on the list. Jordan Elliott – The prodigal son of Texas recruiting may be returning if he can resist the pressure of Jim Harbaugh (who is possibly sleeping on Elliott’s couch). The Houston defensive tackle is well known to Texas fans. The one time Baylor and Houston commit made a silent commitment to Charlie Strong during the Under the Lights camp in the summer. Elliott then went on to visit Michigan and commit publically while telling everyone as recently as a couple of weeks ago that he was signing with the Wolverines and had no interest in hearing from anyone else. So of course he schedules an official visit to Texas this weekend. It’s stories like this that make this job fun. Elliott is trending hard to Texas at this point with the things we are hearing behind the scenes. This could also be a great indicator of Texas getting closer to netting the group of Houston prospects (McCulloch, Brown, Jackson) which suddenly has Elliott interested again. Elliott and his mother have always had a good relationship with Charlie Strong, and they saw Austin many times this fall. I expect Texas to blow Elliott away and emerge from this weekend as a favorite to land him. Mike Williams – Williams has always had great things to say about Texas, but I’m not sure there is anything they can do at this point to flip him away from Stanford. Williams was officially accepted earlier this year, and he’s been all in on the “Nerd Nation” since making his commitment there earlier in the cycle. If Stanford weren’t in the picture I believe Mike would be a Longhorn, but the opportunity ahead of him as a great student and football player might be too much to turn down. Regardless I expect everyone who comes in contact with the gregarious Williams to have a great time this weekend. Don’t expect fireworks out of this weekend right away, but tune in to HornSports for the latest as we track the official visit activities.
  20. A majority of players on the Texas team may be a result of the Rick Barnes era in Austin, but they don't have the same game mentality they did a year ago. With 6:15 to go in the game, West Virginia hits a huge 3 pointer to tie the game at 42. A Rick Barnes team very well may have folded because of poor game management by Barnes, which we saw time and time again. Enter Shaka Smart. The Longhorns scored 5 straight points in 80 seconds to put the game away. The greatest thing about this victory? Isaiah Taylor was a non-factor. When the best player and leading scorer on the team has his second lowest scoring total on the road against the 6th ranked team in the country and you still win? That's the epitome of a team victory. I don't mean to rail on Rick Barnes, because a beleaguered former coach is always the focus of the fanbases ire when it comes to a lack of success. However, there were many times throughout Rick Barnes tenure where the Longhorns would play great for 35 minutes, falter and lose the game in the last 5 minutes. Those last 5 minutes separate great coaches from the bad and even the good ones. Is Shaka Smart a great coach? Time will tell. However, he is showing that he inspires his players. He knows how to rally his guys to win 3-straight games after suffering a devastating loss at TCU. With a victory on Saturday against Kansas, coupled with a loss by Baylor, the Longhorns could find themselves tied for 1st place in the Big 12. Most importantly, this builds more credibility for the Longhorns program. There's no question to Texas basketball fans that this state has produced some of the better college basketball prospects in the country. Then they watch them go to Kansas or Kentucky. Julius Randle comes to mind. Texas won't be able to land all the top prospects due to scholarship restrictions, but the top tier ones may start to wear Burnt Orange more often. Under Shaka Smart you can be certain that Texas will at least get serious attention from the state's top talent. Jarrett Allen may be a long-shot at this point but Victory Prep's Jarred Vanderbilt is another top 10 player from Texas that will likely jump on board. Saturday's road game against the Jayhawks is another stepping stone in propelling the program to the next level. It won't be an easy task - Kansas hasn't lost at home in Big 12 play since February, 2013. Also, Kansas is coming off one of the worst losses in Bill Self's tenure. Texas will have to get more out of Taylor if they want a chance to upset Kansas.
  21. The Texas Longhorns (11-6, 3-2) travel east to face the #6 West Virginia Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1) on Wednesday evening. The matchup sets up the Longhorns, who will face the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, in back-to-back true road games for the first time against AP Top-10 teams. The Longhorns maintain sole possession of 5th place in the Big 12 Conference after fighting off a fierce rally by Oklahoma State on Saturday, winning 74-69. Isaiah Taylor, Eric Davis Jr. & Kerwin Roach Jr. each scored double-digits in the win, and the Longhorns committed just 8 turnovers in the game. In the last three contests Texas has committed only 19 turnovers. The Mountaineers suffered their first conference loss this season last Saturday, losing to Oklahoma in Norman 70-68. West Virginia remains atop the Big 12 standings and ranks first in the conference in scoring defense, allowing opponents to just 63.8 points per game. Senior guard Jaysean Paige scored 18 points in the loss. Paige and junior forward Devin Williams both average double-digits in scoring, with 13.7 & 14.1 points per game respectively. Texas is averaging 74.8 points per game while the Mountaineers are scoring 84.2. The Longhorns’ leading scorer is point guard Isaiah Taylor, who averages 17.2 points per game. Taylor’s output ranks third in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield (26.1 ppg) and Iowa State’s Georges Niang (19.7 ppg). West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins gave Taylor high praised when he talked with wvusports.com earlier this week. “I like everything about him,” Huggins said. “I think he understands when people are coming open and he gets the ball to them. He’s the best guy in our league at pushing the ball. He’s got the best mid-range game in our league. He’s just really good and he’s good defensively. He hasn’t shot a bunch of threes but he’s capable.” Texas has defeated a Top-10 ranked team this season, with the win over then-#3 North Carolina. West Virginia beat top-ranked Kansas two weeks ago 74-63. The Longhorns own the all-time record between the two teams, 6-4 and have won four of the last five games against the Mountaineers. Texas split games with Bob Huggins’ team last year but lost in Morgantown to a ranked-Mountaineer team 71-64. West Virginia is undefeated at home this season. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 6:00 PM CST.
  22. Texas fans got an unexpected surprise Friday morning when Baton Rouge (LA) Madison Prep defensive end Malcolm Roach announced that he would be committing to the University of Texas. The third Louisiana prospect in the Texas class chose the Longhorns over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Texas Tech. The Longhorns are in desperate need of talented bodies at the defensive end position, and Roach is a prospect who has the ability to play both strong and weak side at the next level. Out of state recruiting has become a hallmark approach for Charlie Strong as he raided South Florida last season. This season he has been successful recruiting Louisiana which is another talent hotbed in the southeast. With Shiro Davis moving on after this season and Bryce Cottrell entering his senior year, the depth at defensive end is starting to look a bit thin. The Roach commitment gives them something nice to build on as they close down the home stretch with their other defensive end targets. Film Analysis: Roach is a big, solid kid at 6’4 255 lbs. He plays linebacker for his high school team and also doubles at tight end which shows coordination and athletic ability. He has a decent first step off the line but shows some real closing speed when he locks on to his target. Roach is strong at the point of attack and sheds blockers well playing the run both inside and outside. In coverage he looks stiff, but is still able to make some plays on his highlight film. He will need to do some work on his tackling because many times he just throws a shoulder into the ball carrier and should get more consistent wrapping up and driving through. When he does find the ball carrier he usually has bad intentions and hits with a pretty incredible force. The most impressive thing about Roach other than size and athleticism is the motor that comes with it. He constantly pursues the ball and makes opposing blockers work each time he’s on the field. He’s sturdy enough to play on the strong side, but athletic enough to feature on the weak side and should grow with the benefit of a college strength and conditioning program. Final Verdict: Texas was needing some good news and this one came out of left field. Roach is an incredibly raw prospect, but he has great size and athleticism which should only help him get better with proper coaching. If he can apply that coaching and realize his potential then he becomes a very valuable prospect for NFL teams.
  23. Who: Kansas State Wildcats 3-3 (0-3) vs. Texas Longhorns 2-4 (1-2) When: Saturday October 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM Central Where: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin TX (Fox Sports 1) Odds: Texas -4 The Good: Let’s start with the obvious. Over the last decade, Kansas State has owned this Longhorn program. The purple haze in Manhattan looms large in the heads of most Texas fans and reminds them of disaster games when they were dominated in all aspects of the game. The Wildcats will need to lean on that psychological edge, because their football team hasn’t been very good this year. Kansas State also has the advantage of the ageless Bill Snyder on the sideline. The old man seems to know how to get his team prepared for big games and pose a problem for the opposition. The Wildcats were in position to win games against Oklahoma State and TCU, but ultimately fell short. Quarterback Joe Hubener has been a one man show for State on offense. The Wildcat quarterback is the second leading rusher on the team with 6 touchdowns, and he’s added another 4 passing. Justin Silmon is the name to know at running back as he is averaging 4.7 YPC on the year. With Tyler Lockett gone the Wildcats are looking for some help at wide receiver. Dominique Heath and Deante Burton lead the team in receptions and yards this season and have the ability to pester the Longhorn defense if their problems in pass coverage persist. The Bad: As productive as Hubener has been, he is not much of a threat as a passer. Hubener is currently 45% passing with an equal 4 touchdowns to interceptions. The wildcats are averaging around 7 yards per attempt through the air, and will look to get it done with guile and a physical running game once again. The Wildcats show a propensity to pass more in road situations, but they also nearly double their penalties in the visiting stadiums. Snyder’s team is also coming off of an embarrassing blowout at the hands of Oklahoma. Stoops and company rolled into Manhattan one week after being stunned by Texas and totally took it to K-State. It has been quite a while since this program was embarrassed in that fashion. The Uncertain: With the schedule Kansas State had this season, it’s hard to tell what kind of team they are. The Wildcats struggled to look truly dominant against South Dakota and held on for an overtime win over Louisiana Tech. They also played TCU and Oklahoma State to the wire before being blown out of the water by Oklahoma. While it’s hard to tell, this team looks very similar to the Longhorns in that they have the ability to rise up and play some inspired football, but they haven’t been able to put it all together on the field. Will Kansas State come out motivated after suffering a humiliating loss, or are the Wildcats reeling and headed into a rejuvenated Austin, TX? What’s at stake: Kansas State is looking very wobbly and it’s clear that a loss this week could shoot their wheels off. Texas is looking to get the season on track after a stunner against Oklahoma last week. A big win against a historical menace would go a long way towards that, and could provide Texas with the confidence and momentum to make a run en route to closing the season.
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