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*****TEXAS vs. OKLAHOMA STATE GAME THREAD*****

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Longhorns will meet for the 21st time at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday.  The Longhorns face an undefeated Cowboys team that has beaten them four straight times and five straight in Austin.  Oklahoma State is the only Big 12 team Tom Herman hasn’t beaten as head coach of the Longhorns.

The stakes are high for both teams, which have the goal of competing for a Big 12 Championship.  Texas will face a prolific offense that boasts the nation’s leading rusher and receiver in Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace, respectively.  Oklahoma State will have its hands full with veteran quarterback Sam Ehlinger and an array of weapons at wide receiver for the Longhorns.

A win on Saturday gets each team closer to that goal.

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What:  Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0, 0-0)
When:  Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time:  6:30 PM CST
Venue:  Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Location: Austin, TX
Television: ABC
The Line: Texas -5

Last Meeting Between the Two Schools:  Oklahoma State defeated Texas 38-35 (October 27, 2018 – Stillwater, OK)
All-Time Series Record:   Texas leads Oklahoma State 24-9

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1 hour ago, dillohorn said:

Herman better win this one. This season will not be a success if UT loses to osu. Just my opinion.

It's definitely a must-win if Texas wants to be back in the thick of things. Losing to OSU again leaves a bigger monkey on Texas' back. I think Herman and company come out swinging tonight.

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7 minutes ago, J.B. TexasEx said:

That record is disgusting.

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9 minutes ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Wisconsin over Michigan 28-0 at the half.

Michigan is one of the worst teams I've watched this season. Have no idea how they got ranked #11.

 

Shea Patterson has digressed.

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9 minutes ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Wisconsin over Michigan 28-0 at the half.

Michigan is one of the worst teams I've watched this season. Have no idea how they got ranked #11.

 

MU really stinking it up today. Should have lost to Army earlier too.

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25 minutes ago, Sirhornsalot said:

Wisconsin over Michigan 28-0 at the half.

Michigan is one of the worst teams I've watched this season. Have no idea how they got ranked #11.

 

Agree... and on another note Joe burrows is so damn good. 

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11 minutes ago, primal defense said:

Jim Harbaugh is now averaging 4 loses a year at Michigan. I thought when Michigan hired him that he would be a sure fire success.

I don't think he's the coach at Michigan next year.

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Wisconsin's utter embarrassment of Michigan exposes Jim Harbaugh

 
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh needs to go back to the drawing board after an embarrassing loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. (AP) Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh needs to go back to the drawing board after an embarrassing loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. (AP)

As Wisconsin’s 35-14 thrashing of Michigan played out on Saturday afternoon, it was a portrait of two disparate football programs. The Badgers mauled Michigan by being defiantly and distinctly themselves, hammering the Wolverines for 359 yards on the ground and pushing around the Wolverines in the trenches on both sides.

As Wisconsin orchestrated a clinic in identity, Michigan remains lost in the football wilderness under Jim Harbaugh, good enough to beat directional patsies but consistently face-planting when the talent is comparable. Harbaugh is 0-7 as an underdog as Michigan’s coach, with this loss trumping the hopeless and hapless nature of the blowout defeat at Ohio State to close the regular season last year.

While Wisconsin pitched a shutout well into the third quarter and Jonathan Taylor marched for 203 yards, Michigan emerged from the loss as the most compelling program in college football – the big-game trainwreck we can’t stop watching.

The Wolverines have no juice, no identity and, increasingly, no hope. Harbaugh has won nearly 73 percent of his games in Ann Arbor (40-15), but they enter the throes of the conference season as a clear-cut second-tier team in the Big Ten. “This whole program is at a crossroads,” analyst Joel Klatt said on the Fox broadcast.

Harbaugh’s tenure is amid its fifth year as a $7.5 million dollar tease. There are no wins over Ohio State, three straight bowl losses and, still, zero signature victories. Michigan’s last three games against Power Five opponents have resulted in combined losses of 138-68, on average losing 46-23 to Ohio State, South Carolina and Wisconsin. They also outlasted Army in double-overtime, 24-21, in a game where Army manhandled the Wolverines physically in the trenches.

The tenor of those losses, combined with the flailing of Michigan’s offense has raised a question once thought unthinkable: Should Michigan move on from Harbaugh? This wouldn’t be as difficult to do as many would think, as Harbaugh’s contract runs out in 2021. It’s rare for a Power Five head coach, especially one with a winning record, to have their contract that close to expiring.

That lifetime contract Michigan was rumored to want to give Harbaugh feels these days more like a lifetime sentence. For years, Harbaugh had all the leverage on Michigan, as Warde Manuel said as recently as May that he wants Harbaugh to retire as Michigan’s head coach. But the more realistic eventuality is Michigan considering paying the nearly $11 million to part ways with Harbaugh, which isn’t untenable considering Big Ten revenues.

Harbaugh’s issues at Michigan, somewhat surprisingly, keep coming back to the same themes – a dysfunctional offensive staff, lack of identity and no ability to identify or develop the quarterback position. This, combined with staying tethered to Shea Patterson far too long – both today against Wisconsin and this season – has forced Michigan’s offense to appear to operate while wearing cement shoes.

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (23) runs away from Michigan defensive back Josh Metellus (14) to score a touchdown during the Badgers' win on Saturday. (Getty) Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (23) runs away from Michigan defensive back Josh Metellus (14) to score a touchdown during the Badgers' win on Saturday. (Getty)

Instead of begging Harbaugh to stick around for life, Manuel should have done more to question or guide Harbaugh on his coaching hires. Harbaugh has operated with impunity as the operation around him has underachieved and underwhelmed. And the biggest question Manuel needs to ask: Why did the Wolverines look so lifeless, uninspired and listless on Saturday?

Harbaugh’s most recent glaring negligence came with hiring the inexperienced Josh Gattis from Alabama in the offseason to both run the offense and overhaul the program’s pro-style DNA. The early results are a distinct failure, as Michigan managed just 14 points in regulation against Army and 14 against Wisconsin. By the time the Wolverines scored against Wisconsin, they trailed 35-0.

Gattis’ early struggles should be pinned squarely on Harbaugh. The offseason coronation of Gattis as a great hire included these delicious details in a story in The Athletic – “There was no interview. No face-to-face meeting. No get-up-on-the-board-and-show-me-how-you-run-this session. Not even a tell-me-about-your-offensive-philosophy discussion.”

Harbaugh basically put the future of the program on a 20-minute phone conversation, which is a bit like getting engaged after the first drink on a first date. And he did it knowing that Nick Saban had an opportunity to promote Gattis to the same job and declined. That’s impulsive and reckless even by Harbaugh’s standards, and was begging for more skepticism from an athletic director and administration who’d already seen a pattern of bad hires and dysfunctional offenses.

The only thing more bizarre about Harbaugh making a decision this important in this manner was bragging about it.

Harbaugh’s other defining failure has been under-performance of the quarterback position. Considering his success with Andrew Luck at Stanford and Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, this has been the most puzzling. For Patterson, who finished 14-of-32 passing with two touchdowns and an interception, Saturday’s performance re-affirmed that his career has been based much more on recruiting hype than actual performance.

Steered across the country by his Little League dad, Patterson has hopscotched for the next shiny opportunity without much actual accomplishment to accompany it. Ole Miss hired his brother to get Patterson as a five-star recruit, but the staff there wasn’t broken up to see him bail to Michigan. To date, the most significant moment of Patterson’s career has been Tom Mars getting him immediately eligible for the Wolverines. Since then, his tenure has been a lot like Harbaugh’s, a lot of hype and little tangible results.

Harbaugh didn’t do the research on the front end to see the warning signs on Patterson. And he’s taken far too long to realize on the back end that Shea Patterson isn’t a championship-level quarterback. If you can’t keep the Ole Miss starting job, you probably aren’t going to win the Big Ten. But more indicting of Harbaugh has been the inability to recruit and develop anyone more competent.

The last two seasons for Harbaugh and Patterson have been parallel runs of failure – twin turtles when the lights gets bright and formidable opposition appears.

For Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, the pattern of big-game failures has evolved into an expectation. It’s become predictable that Harbaugh’s program will flop on the big stage with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.

 

 

 

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/wisconsins-utter-embarrassment-of-michigan-exposes-jim-harbaugh-202230196.html

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