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Why are we even talking about this?....Hell, I wish Colt McCoy or Vince Young were QB for us right now, but the fact is that we either have Shane or a limited Sam as our QB.....period. No sense moaning about what we cant do. We have to develop a game plan that will give whoever starts for us the best chance to win. If it is Shane then we also have to prepare either rising or Thompson to come in at a moments notice.

Right now there are only 2 certainties ...#1...we still have to play all of our games with what we have.....and # 2...no one will feel sorry for us.

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On 10/13/2018 at 9:36 PM, Sirhornsalot said:

You can bet that OSU will play Texas like its the Super Bowl. Doesn't matter their record. This is their chance to shine in the limelight and make something of the season.

We will need to be patient and pound the ball. 

The games that worry me the most on the schedule are Tech and Iowa State.

Me, too. 

I decided to add something. When thinking of healing time for Sam, everyone must remember that he isn’t just an athlete. He is an extremely strong, well-conditioned athlete who has been training at an elite level for years, and he is 19 or 20 years old.  He will heal faster.

 

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18 hours ago, oldhorn2 said:

Why are we even talking about this?....Hell, I wish Colt McCoy or Vince Young were QB for us right now, but the fact is that we either have Shane or a limited Sam as our QB.....period. No sense moaning about what we cant do. We have to develop a game plan that will give whoever starts for us the best chance to win. If it is Shane then we also have to prepare either rising or Thompson to come in at a moments notice.

Right now there are only 2 certainties ...#1...we still have to play all of our games with what we have.....and # 2...no one will feel sorry for us.

Why not?

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I might say an F’: Ingram grades himself critically despite breakout game

 
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When quarterback Sam Ehlinger headed for the tunnel after suffering an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder, the Longhorns needed an offensive spark to keep their winning streak alive. Then, Keaontay Ingram answered the call.

Ingram, a freshman running back, rushed for 110 yards over just three quarters after not receiving a single carry in the opening quarter.

Even though Ingram was essential in Texas’ 23-17 win over Baylor on Saturday, and is now the team’s leading rusher, he’s still critical of how he would grade his young, six-game career with the Longhorns.

“I’m hard on myself so I might say an F,” Ingram said after the game. “I feel like I could’ve done better with the opportunities I had, I need to take more advantage of it. On a couple of those runs, I feel like I could’ve had more yards, but that’s on me. I’ve just got to get better and better every week.”

Ingram’s big day started off slowly, as his running mate, Tre Watson, had full ball carrying duties with eight carries in the first quarter. Then, Ingram led the way on the ground, rushing for over 100 yards — a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by a Texas running back since Week Two of last season.

The lack of touches for Ingram early on was a result of head coach Tom Herman trying to keep both running backs fresh for the game and the ongoing season.

“I feel like that’s just good coaching,” Ingram said. “Coach Drayton and coach Herman, they know what they’re doing. They’re trying to make us last just a little bit longer. If we just keep playing our role and keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll keep winning.”

While Ingram and Watson both present unique running styles as a powerful tandem for Texas, the big-play ability from the freshman runner has been well noted by the team. Ingram has gathered 15 or more yards on at least one run in five of his six games this season.

“It’s great blocking for him because when you’ve got a guy like him, you’re thinking in your head, ‘If I’m on a long drive and I’m straining to block a defensive player, all I’ve got to do is push a little bit more, strain a little bit more, and Keaontay is going to make something happen,’” offensive lineman Elijah Rodriguez said.

As Ehlinger went to the sideline for the rest of the game, Shane Buechele entered to take over at quarterback. Buechele understandably missed on multiple throws in the first half after not playing in a real collegiate game since last year’s bowl game.

As a result, Ingram’s number was called multiple times. Sometimes on multiple plays in a row, Ingram would dart through holes created by the offensive line, breaking tackles and eluding defenders in the process. He went on to tally up 56 yards in the second quarter on just eight carries, also helping to guide Texas to 20 points in the quarter and a two-touchdown lead entering the half.

“The dude just reacts and runs,” Buechele said. “He has places where he needs to grow, but as a freshman, it’s hard to play running back here. All the greats that have been here … I’m definitely happy to see what he’s done and what he did today.”

Buechele wasn’t the only one quick to mention the potential Ingram has displayed through just half of one season as a Longhorn. Wide receiver Collin Johnson, who called the running back his “little brother,” said Ingram’s tough criticism of his performances is a testament to just how successful that he can be for the program.

“That’s how I know he’s going to be a really good player here,” Johnson said. “He’s going to be a really good player if he has that mindset, just always thinking that he can do better. That’s the kind of teammate that you want next to you.”

Ingram has made immense progress as a runner and a blocker over his six appearances this season despite his harsh self-assigned grade. Although most fans would likely disagree with Ingram’s scale, they certainly are excited to see what a good grade would look like.

“I would definitely not give it an F, but the sky’s the limit for that guy, and if he’s playing at an F now, I’d like to see him at an A because nobody could stop him,” Johnson said.

 

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2018/10/13/i-might-say-an-f-ingram-grades-himself-critically-despite-breakout-game

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My final take.  The team is still learning how to win.  They won ugly and a win is a win.  

 

That was literally one of the worst officiated games I have ever watched. Both ways, the entire game.  The early whistle on the latteral that was an easy scoop and score, The BU INT in the endzone which IMHO was going to go the way of the call on the field, regardless.  Missed OPI calls, BU holding on every down!  

 

 I can only hope we don't get that crew again this season.

 

The TV broadcast crew was equally bad.  

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How freshman Keaontay Ingram is growing at Texas

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Nick Moyle Oct. 16, 2018
 
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Texas running back Keaontay Ingram (26) jumps over Kansas State safety Eli Walker (7) as he rushes for a first down as Kansas State linebacker Justin Hughes (32) also defends during the fourth quarter of a college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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AUSTIN – The ingredients are all there.

The vision, and the patience required to use it. The anticipation. The ability to transform a mundane 2- or 3-yard run into something spectacular.

Texas tailback Keaontay Ingram is a mouthwatering cocktail of superior physical attributes and unteachable intangibles, and he's only six games into his college career.
 

Despite battling hip and knee injuries, the freshman has gained 403 yards on 66 carries and made 11 receptions for 41 yards. He has averaged at least 5.8 yards per carry in five of six games, including Saturday's 110-yard effort in a 23-17 win against Baylor.

 

Ingram has performed so well that every post-game press conference with coach Tom Herman includes at least one question about when he will start siphoning even more touches from graduate transfer running back Tre Watson.

The mounting popularity of Ingram has little to do with Watson, a solid fifth-year veteran who has amassed 401 total yards and three touchdowns in seven games after a torn ACL cost him all but two games of the 2017 season. The freshman just emits a superstar aura, and his potential seems limitless.

 

Tantalizing as it might be to fully unleash Ingram, Herman and running backs coach Stan Dray-ton will continue to utilize a dual committee approach to mitigate wear and tear as the season wears on.

"I think it's just a matter of keeping both guys fresh," Herman said Saturday. "I think it's a matter of managing what they do well. You know, neither one of them are big guys and that's a grown man position they play back there, especially on our offense, running inside zone and power. So we've got to be very cognizant of the cumulative effect of all the carries and tackles on their body."

 

Ingram has stayed in his lane and refrained from lobbying for more touches. No need to infuse unnecessary drama with No. 7 Texas (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) enjoying its best stretch in years.

But the past few weeks have revealed some insight into how the team plans to use Watson and Ingram moving forward. The veteran will grind out yards early on, while the explosive freshman consumes more touches deeper into the game.

Ingram didn't receive a single handoff in the first quarter against Baylor. He received 19 over the final three.

In UT's 19-14 win over Kansas State, 10 of Ingram's 15 touches came in the second half. Watson recorded one touch in the third quarter and none in the final period.

 

"Coach Drayton and coach Herman, they know what they're doing," Ingram said. "They're trying to make us last just a little bit longer. If we just keep playing our role and keep doing what we're doing we'll keep winning."

Ingram hasn't let the outside lovefest infect his ego. He remains his own harshest critic.

 

After gashing Baylor for 5.8 yards per carry and breaking off a season-long 30-yard run, he lamented leaving yards out on the field. He even graded his year-to-date performance an "F" despite ranking third among Big 12 players after averaging 6.1 yards per carry.

Ingram has busted 13 runs of 10 or more yards on 66 carries, accounting for about one-fifth of his attempts. That ability to scurry through slivers in the line and weave past defenders in the open field would become even more valuable if sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger (first-degree shoulder sprain) remains out or limited for an extended period of time.

Herman expects Ehlinger to start throwing within a few days, and the team can ease him back due to the bye week. But even if his injured right shoulder fully heals, Texas might need to recalibrate how it uses its bruising quarterback.

If a real fear exists over re-aggravation or worse, Ingram could begin to chew into Ehlinger's typical share of rushing touches, particularly in the red zone.

 

That could accelerate Ingram's timeline, fostering his transition into Texas' feature back only seven months after he signed his national letter of intent.

"I don't know that you're ever going to say, 'We expect him to be the guy,'" Herman said of In-gram on February's national signing day. "That's not fair to the guys that are bleeding and sweating right now for us and have in the past.

"Every one of these guys, all 27 (signees), at some point in their career we expect them to be the guy or we wouldn't sign you at Texas. But there is definitely a need at that position to get better."

Ingram has already changed the perception of the Longhorns' running back room, and he's just getting started.

 

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/texas-sports-nation/college/article/How-freshman-Keontay-Ingram-is-growing-at-Texas-13312699.php

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Are Texas and Texas A&M on a collision course for a marquee bowl game?

 

 

Scott Bell: Welcome to our midseason college football roundtable, where we'll take a look at some of our favorite moments of the first half of the season, hand out some midseason awards and look ahead at what's to come.

Let's start off by talking pleasant surprises. A good chunk of schools seem to be on pace to outperform their preseason expectations. Which local school gets your nod for the most pleasant surprise at the midway point of the season?

 
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Chuck Carlton: It's a hard call because you've got quite a few. Some teams that are doing well, like North Texas and Oklahoma, were supposed to be real good. it comes down to three teams for me. Texas A&M is looking like I expected the Aggies might look a couple years into the Jimbo Fisher era. Texas still doesn't have the feel of the vintage Mack Brown era but the the Longhorns have beaten three teams (USC, TCU, Oklahoma) that were ranked at the time. They're finishing games and have the best turnover margin in the Big 12. Winning looks like it's contagious, just like losing has been. But I might go with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders putting together a very nice season, despite three starting QBs in six games. Just when it looks like things might go off the rails (Ole Miss, West Virginia), a freshman quarterback steps up or the defense lives up to billing. Is this Kliff Kingsbury's best coaching job?

Ben Baby: First off, it's good to be back at the table with y'all. Now, there definitely have been a few pleasant surprises. Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury might have moved himself off the hot seat, Texas A&M is playing really well under Jimbo Fisher and the ol' Mean Green have put together a very strong season with some P5 wins.

However, I'm taking Texas. Say what you want about the Longhorns being back and all that other fun stuff, but I've been impressed with what's happened in Austin. I expected A&M to be on track to win eight games this year. I did not anticipate Texas cracking the Top 10 and beating Oklahoma this season. Now, I'm still skeptical of Texas' long-term outlook, but I have to give credit where it's due.

[prepares for Twitter mentions to be set ablaze]

Bell: I think Texas is the obvious pick because of where the Longhorns currently sit in the AP poll, and I certainly don't think that can be a "wrong" answer, but I think I agree with you on the Texas Tech front -- at least from an overall importance to the program standpoint. A subpar year from Tech would have meant a coaching change, and that usually means things go down a bit while the new coach implements his system before it goes back up. And after the Ole Miss opener, I had a feeling that's the way things were trending. But Kingsbury has really righted the ship in Lubbock.

Baby: Outside of Lubbock, the happiest people about Tech's turnaround might be North Texas fans. Mean Green coach Seth Littrell seems like a perfect fit at Tech. But it appears there's no vacancy at the moment.

Carlton: Again, with Texas and Tech, there's a really fine line between winning losing. TCU's Gary Patterson suggested maybe a handful of plays a game on Tuesday. Give them credit for finding a way when they haven't in the past.

I don't think UNT is out of the woods on Seth Littrell. He's doing too good a job. Somebody will come knocking.

Baby: If either of y'all bring up that stupid meme about the difference between winning and losing, I'm out of here.

(Editor's note: Feel free to tweet this meme onto Ben's Twitter timeline)

Bell: I think there's certainly an argument to be made for A&M, too. Texas (Maryland) and Tech (Ole Miss) each have a game on their resume that they probably shouldn't have lost. A&M has no such "what if?" Jimbo has A&M basically in a best-case scenario right now and I think that's the only coach in the area who can say that at this stage of the season.

Carlton: OK, let me dive in with the crazy scenario that's not so crazy now. Texas wins the Big 12, but doesn't make the College Football Playoff and gets the conference's bid to the Sugar Bowl. Follow me?

Baby: Chuck...

Bell: CHUCK

Baby: [SOUNDS AIRHORN]

Carlton: Alabama wins the SEC. And the SEC East champ (Florida or Georgia) is damaged goods ... And a certain West team is sitting 10-2 ...

Baby: THE LONE STAR SHOWDOWN IS HEADED TO NEW ORLEANS, BABY!

Bell: I'm going to block off about 10 hotel rooms in New Orleans right now. Travel budget be damned, this is an emergency.

Carlton: Special sections galore. Break the 'net.

Baby: I mean, it might be the equivalent of one of our yearly salaries, but it's worth it if Texas and A&M end up playing this year.

A reader emailed me about the Aggies potentially going to the Sugar Bowl, and then I realized that included a strong possibility of playing the Longhorns. This would be a great year for both teams to play each other. They've been going toe-to-toe in recruiting and had impressive seasons. That'd be the top non-CFP game.

Carlton: The Sugar Bowl is not the Texas Bowl. That, my friends, would be a big deal worthy of the rivalry.

Bell: And I think it's something both sides would embrace. I understand the reluctance of meeting in a setting like the Texas Bowl, but this would be a big deal beyond the region.

Baby: The next time these two teams play each other, it will be a huge story nationally. But it definitely gains added significance if they make the Sugar Bowl. Granted, there was talk among some A&M beat writers about the Aggies going to the Sugar Bowl in 2016 (go figure) and I spent the postseason in Houston.

Also, I don't think A&M runs the table, but it's not out of the realm of possibility, given how up-and-down the SEC West has been this year.

Carlton: And even if Texas finishes first or second in the Big 12, the Longhorns might have to beat Oklahoma again at JerryWorld (not Jerry's World, folks) in Red River Showdown II.

Bell: Either way, it's fun to play fantasy bowl booker.

Anyway, back to the midseason review portion of this. Surprises work in both directions. Which local school gets your nod as the biggest surprise of the season on the other side of things -- disappointment-wise?

Baby: I'm taking TCU, although I feel that's a bit harsh. The Horned Frogs probably had unrealistic preseason expectations. They were breaking in a young quarterback, former Saginaw Chisholm Trail/Denton Guyer/DeSoto standout Shawn Robinson and lost a lot of key pieces from last year's team.

Carlton: Not necessarily local local but Oklahoma State had been so solid for so long that this is kind of a shock, especially with the Kansas State loss. And the Mike Gundy press conference goofiness probably looks a little entertaining to the Cowboys fans. But I'd go with TCU. The Horned Frogs are playing their third team currently ranked in the AP Top 10 in Oklahoma, following Ohio State and Texas. But you would think TCU would win one of those games. Plus, it seems like the Horned Frogs have regressed after the Ohio State game. The turnovers are concerning. So is an iffy offensive line. The interesting thing is that the defense remains very solid -- although it allowed two big plays against Texas Tech. A loss to Oklahoma and a bowl bid might be in doubt.

Baby: The combination of losing a ton of starters on the offensive line and an inexperienced quarterback might be too much for the Horned Frogs to overcome. If the offense is slightly better, this becomes a fairly decent TCU squad.

Carlton: Consider this nugget: In Big 12 conference games, Texas is plus-7 in turnover margin and TCU is minus-8.

Baby: Yikes. That's not ideal.

Bell: There have already been some classic games in the first half of the season. And you guys have been out to at least one game each week. What's the best game you've personally covered so far in 2018?

Carlton: Kind of hard to top the Red River Showdown for drama, impact, offense and ramifications (Texas in the Top 10; bye-bye Mike Stoops). Maybe the best Red River games since 2008 (Bradford vs. McCoy in another shootout). Big TV numbers too. And we might get another one this season.

BTW, I like including the world "shootout" in every answer about the Red River Showdown.

Baby: I respect the hustle, Chuck.

Bell: I was in the press box next to you for that one, Chuck. I agree that's a tough one to top for me. Especially since the only other one I'd have to choose from would be the SMU-TCU game that ended at about 1 am and had about 17 fans in attendance by the end of it.

Carlton: Hard call, though. I understand.

Baby: I'll put it this way: I was driving to College Station during the end of the Texas-OU game and wished I could be there. I watched the SMU-TCU game in bed and opted to watch a "Friends" re-run. Feel like I made the right decision.

Bell: They were on a break.

Baby: Thank you, Scott. More people need to realize this.

My best game is a no-brainer. A&M-Clemson was a better game than almost anyone anticipated. The Aggies never folded against the Tigers and QB Kellen Mond had the best game of his career. He played out of his mind in that fourth quarter and exposed Clemson's secondary. That game and all the trappings surrounding it were incredible.

Not included: A&M's win over Kentucky and whatever TCU and Tech did last week.

Bell: Who gets your vote for our prestigious SportsDay Midseason Player Of The Year Award* (*actual trophy not included)?

Carlton: Is Kyler eligible? Then it's him. Didn't think he could this good, like Mayfield good, although in a different way.

Just thinking: An OU-A&M Sugar Bowl could be pretty interesting too, given Murray's history.

Baby: Ooh, great pick. I'm going with Kyler, too. He's been so much fun to watch at Oklahoma. And he might become the first college player to evoke statewide feelings of nostalgia. It's like watching him at Allen all over again.

Bell: Despite already winning every actual SportsDay award he's been eligible for in HS, Kyler is in fact eligible.

I'm already fascinated to see how Austin Kendall does next year. Are Baker and Kyler transcendent talents or can Lincoln Riley and his system turn any QBs into gold? Probably some combination of the two.

Carlton: Those are two hard acts to follow. Nothing against Kendall but wonder if Oklahoma might be an attractive landing spot for a grad transfer quarterback given Riley's track record.

Bell: Which non-Kyler player would get your nod for player of the half-year?

Carlton: Ooooh, now it gets hard. I'll defer to Ben on the best A&M candidate. Sam Ehlinger doesn't have all-world numbers but he's certainly getting the job done. Texas freshman Caden Sterns is having a breakout season. Tech's Alan Bowman was really good until the collapsed lung put him on the sideline. Duh? UNT's Mason Fine, with 2,210 yards passing, 16 TDs and one interception. Hard to overlook that, even though I nearly did.

Baby: I was about to go with Sterns as an option (and it's not just because I covered him in high school). A&M tight end Jace Sternberger has been really impressive in Fisher's system and has jump-started A&M's offense in back-to-back wins. But I'm inclined to go with Fine, who's having a ridiculous year. I don't know if any player is more valuable to their team than Fine is to North Texas.

Bell: North Texas was the best story of the first month of the season but got very little national attention. Now that the Mean Green are getting a little national pub, they're slowing down a bit, which is a shame. Easly's injury is a killer. But I agree that Fine is the clear non-Kyler choice here.

To wrap things up, what is everyone looking forward to the most in the second half of the season, whether it's a game, storyline or something else?

Carlton: Lot more intrigue in the Big 12 race than the past couple of years, where Oklahoma and Mayfield made it look easy. Texas as the only undefeated team in conference play with five games remaining. Everyone was circling the West Virginia game in Austin but what about that early November game in Lubbock, which has a great chance to be a night game? Plenty of subplots: Can a once-beaten Texas made the playoffs? Do we get a sequel to the Red River Showdown? Can the Sooners bounce back and win a fourth straight Big 12 tile? Good stuff.

Baby: I'm interested to see how A&M closes out this year. The Aggies have responded well to Jimbo and are on the verge of being ahead of schedule in its rebuilding process. The LSU-A&M showdown at the end of the year could be huge.

Bell: November should be really fun. Baylor could be playing for bowl eligibility in Year 2 of Matt Rhule, which I think is well ahead of the curve compared to where people's expectations were this year. I'm also interested in seeing if SMU keeps trending positively. There wasn't a lot of excitement around the Mustangs during the first few weeks of the season, but that was a pretty unwinnable situation given that gauntlet of an opening schedule. But I agree with Ben and Chuck that the two biggest storylines to follow is A&M's fine and the Big 12 race. And if Chuck's point from earlier comes true -- a possible Texas/Texas A&M Sugar Bowl collision -- buckle up.

Baby: New Orleans isn't ready for that.

And that's saying a lot.

Bell: Our servers aren't ready for that.

But that's not saying a lot.

(Sorry if any of my bosses are reading this)

Carlton: No one is ready for that.

 

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2018/10/17/texas-texas-am-collision-course-marquee-bowl-game

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Ranking CFB one-loss teams as the CFB Playoff committee would

ByCHRIS HUMMER Oct 17, 10:05 AM

3. TEXAS LONGHORNS

 

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Average Scoring Margin: 7.7
SOS: 12th

Again, there’s a clear tier separation between the Longhorns and Sooners. Texas’ strength of schedule is its best argument. Nobody on this list, outside of LSU, has faced a tougher group of teams. The Longhorns also hold a trio of quality wins (Oklahoma, TCU, USC). But Texas slots behind two teams on this list because it’s played down to its competition. Dominant teams don’t lose to Maryland. Dominant teams don’t play one-possession games against Tulsa and Baylor. If Texas keeps winning it’ll be fine. But that’s why the Longhorns rank third among the one-loss teams despite a resume with an argument to be first.

 

https://247sports.com/LongFormArticle/Ranking-CFB-one-loss-teams-as-the-CFB-Playoff-committee-would-123435891#1021767_11

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Surprising Texas, Murray among Big 12’s midpoint best

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tom Herman, Texas

The Longhorns were coming off three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1930s when they hired Herman, Houston’s head coach for two seasons after being the offensive coordinator for Ohio State’s 2014 national championship team. Texas needed a Texas Bowl victory over Missouri to have a winning record in Herman’s debut last year. No other Big 12 coach got a vote for this survey

 

MOST SURPRISING TEAM

Texas

The Longhorns have surged to the top of the Big 12 and back into the top 10 nationally after years of mediocrity, and control their own path to the conference championship game. They have their first six-game winning streak since 2013.

https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/surprising-texas-murray-among-big-12-s-midpoint-best-101818

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