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    Bear19 reacted to Jameson McCausland in Thoughts and Takeaways: Questions mount during blowout loss in Fayetteville   
    Let's jump right into it. The performance on Saturday night wasn't pretty in all phases.
    As I pointed out in the game preview when discussing the Arkansas defense, Steve Sarkisian was well aware of Barry Odom and his reputation as a defensive playcaller. It is widely known that Sarkisian was very interested in potentially bringing Odom to Austin when he took over in January. Despite the familiarity and Sarkisian having faced Odom last year at Alabama, the Longhorns offensive gameplan had to be tossed in the trash several drives into the game. Odom rolled out his 3-down front with speedy LB's and DB's roaming behind the defensive line, baiting Texas to try to establish the run, and the Longhorns took the bait. Texas totaled 5 total yards of offense on their first two drives of the game while trying to hand the ball to Bijan Robinson between the tackles. The Longhorns did not have a drive with more than two first downs until their 11th (!!!!!!) drive. Texas faced 3rd and long repeatedly all night, allowing Arkansas to drop 8 and blanket throwing lanes to receivers. The Longhorns never really got the running backs involved in the passing game and decided they did want to try to move the ball with the short passing game on early downs. This leads into the conversation of how the QB's played. Hudson Card received the start and struggled, finishing 8/15 for 61 yards. It is obvious Sarkisian has drilled into his young signal caller to only use his legs as a last resort. As the Razorbacks rushed 3 and dropped 8, Card never really seemed comfortable taking off and running, instead opting to hold onto the ball and attempt some low percentage throws. Casey Thompson took over late in the 3rd quarter and rushed for a pair of touchdowns while completing 5 of 8 passes for 57 yards. Thompson is much more comfortable using his legs currently than Card and it shows. Texas loses this game regardless of who starts at QB, but Thompson's legs could have certainly allowed Texas another avenue of moving the ball early in the game when nothing was working.  To the credit of the Texas wide receivers, the Longhorns had several chances to connect on big plays in the passing game. Xaiver Worthy broke through the secondary several times but Hudson Card was unable to deliver a catchable ball. Joshua Moore also had a time or two where he was behind a defender. Outside of those two, it was a tough day for the rest of the group. Jordan Whittington dropped several passes and did not look anything like the guy who had a big week 1. To say the Texas offensive line played poorly would be an understatement. Early in the game, the line allowed several 3 man rushes to get to Hudson Card. Denzel Okafor and Jake Majors allowed a linebacker to run through the line untouched for a sack on 3rd down during Texas' second drive of the game. As run blockers, they were repeatedly blown off the ball and had to be saved several times by Bijan Robinson. I'm not sure much more needs to be said. Kyle Flood has a lot of work to do with this group. Defense/Special Teams
    It is safe to say Pete Kwiatkowski never faced the veer and shoot at Washington. Kendal Briles put together a solid game plan and Arkansas rushed for 333 yards while averaging 7.1 yards per carry. As expected, the Razorbacks ran KJ Jefferson a lot and asked him to not be a hero in the passing game. The Texas defensive line had an awful game. They had no sacks, were driven off the ball frequently and failed to stay in their lanes in the running game. Remember at the end of the 2020 season when the Texas offense found a lot of success running outside zone? Arkansas used the same type of running schemes to go up and down the field against the Longhorns.  DeMarvion Overshown and Luke Brockermeyer were active early in the game, but once the defensive line wore down they had little impact the rest of the way. Overshown looks like a complete different player and is playing the linebacker position at a solid level. Texas needs more guys to take the same step he took. On the surface, the pass defense didn't seem to be an issue since Texas only allowed 138 yards through the air, but the play of the secondary left a lot of be desired. Josh Thompson and D'Shawn Jamison played okay. Brenden Schooler did not start the game, but saw some playing time early and missed several tackles. Jerrin Thompson started in Schooler's place and had 5 tackles. BJ Foster had the play of the game with an impressive INT, but he still has a tendency to launch his shoulder anytime he wants to tackle someone instead of wrapping up.  Hindsight is 20/20, but imagine if Texas retains possession on the muffed punt early in the 1st quarter. The Longhorns would have had the ball inside the Arkansas 5 and in all likelihood go up 7-0. The crowd is taken out of the game early, momentum is on the Longhorns side and the offense sees the ball get punched into the endzone. Instead, a small step out of bounds when attempting to make a recovery cost Texas an extra early possession. Jeff Banks and the coaching staff need to seriously think about using someone else at punter. Cameron Dicker is currently handling placekicking, kickoffs and punting duties and is not off a good start. He is 1/3 on field goals for the season and had a punt blocked last night after bobbling the snap. The Longhorns have two other scholarship punters on the roster. One of them needs to step up and allow for Dicker to focus solely on kicking. What's next?
    It is back to the drawing board for Steve Sarkisian. It appeared the Longhorns took a good first step last week in beating a solid Louisiana team, but all progress was lost just a week later. The gameplans were not good on both sides of the ball, the players did not perform well and as a result the Longhorns got their butts kicked. Arkansas is improved from where they were a few years ago, but it was a still a game where Texas was favored by a touchdown. 
    Texas will host Rice next Saturday at DKR before conference play starts the following week. Several positions, including QB, appear to be up for grabs. For all the negatives that came out of the performance Saturday night, the one positive is the top of the Big 12 appears to be wide open after Oklahoma. Iowa State was beaten soundly by Iowa in a game where Brock Purdy was benched, TCU found themselves in a nail-biter with Cal, Oklahoma State struggled mightily with Tulsa and Texas Tech barely escaped Stephen F Austin. Texas can still reach many of the goals they have for this season, but a lot is going to have to change from what they showed Saturday night.
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    Bear19 reacted to Drb522 in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
    Texas will not get better until they start getting elite OL talent.  They’re not getting them until they start throwing the NIL money around.  
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    Bear19 reacted to Sirhornsalot in Game Day: #15 Texas Longhorns @ Arkansas Razorbacks   
    Its fine if you don't mind what your money will end up supporting.
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    Bear19 reacted to Baron in Game Day: #15 Texas Longhorns @ Arkansas Razorbacks   
    Texas needs to wear it like a badge of honor and curb stomp everyone in the process. Hookem!
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    Bear19 reacted to Sirhornsalot in Staff Predictions: #15 Texas vs. Arkansas   
    Oregon upsets Ohio State, 35-28.
    Oregon was down five players on defense and still held OSU in check.
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    Bear19 reacted to TFloss32 in **Running College Football Updates Thread**   
    This was a sign of things to come for Ohio State today.
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    Bear19 reacted to texasdalton in Staff Predictions: #15 Texas vs. Arkansas   
    i think we are about to see the preseason polls get blown out of the water for a second straight week. all i want now is a Atm loss and a horns win and this will be a great Saturday.
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    Bear19 reacted to TFloss32 in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
    OrangeBloods was told by Murphy that the x-rays were negative and showed no damage or breaks.
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    Bear19 reacted to HornSports Staff in Staff Predictions: #15 Texas vs. Arkansas   
    The #15 Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0) will face former Southwest Conference rival, the Arkansas Razorbacks, on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM in Fayetteville.  The Longhorns have had success against the Hogs in their home stadium, winning the last three at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.  In fact, the last time the Longhorns lost there was in 1981.
    Both teams won their season opening contests at home, with Texas defeating Louisiana 38-18 and Arkansas besting Rice 38-17.
    Redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card will face his first true road test as the starter for the Longhorns, and Steve Sarkisian and company look to improve to 2-0 as a staff during their time in Austin.
    Texas is favored by a touchdown and Arkansas will be without starting LB Bumper Pool for the first half due to a targeting call against Rice.  The Hogs will also be without starting DE Dorian Gerald who suffered a leg injury in practice this week.
    Do the Longhorns have the game plan, mental and physical conditioning to go into enemy territory and pull off a win?
    The HornSports Staff give their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's big game.
    Aaron Carrara (1-0)
    Both teams are coming off wins at home but I expect Saturday’s matchup to be a prime time slugfest.  I like the Longhorns on paper, but Hudson Card will have his hands full on the road.  Bijan Robinson and Jeff Banks’ special teams unit will win this for Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns leave Fayetteville with hard-fought victory.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 34, Arkansas 24
    TFloss32 (1-0)
    The first thing that comes to mind for this match-up is Fayetteville potentially being an environment unlike any other the current Texas players have faced. If they can stay even-keeled and ride out the initial jolt that stadium will provide, I like the good guys to eventually walk out with a victory. The evidence we have for both teams is limited, but Arkansas simply didn’t put together a good performance against Rice at home last week. I expect the game plan to be similar to that of Week 1 with a heavy dose of Bijan Robinson opening up other opportunities for the offense, and Kwiatkowski’s defense keying on KJ Jefferson’s legs forcing him to throw down field. More solid special teams play, with Dicker being consistent, and keeping the turnovers in check will go a long way.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 27, Arkansas 20
    Jameson McCausland (1-0)
    Saturday night is a big test for Texas and Steve Sarkisian. The Longhorns opened the season with a solid showing against Louisiana, but traveling to Fayetteville and defeating Arkansas would be huge from a momentum standpoint for the program.
    I expect this game to be close. The Razorbacks looked sloppy week 1, especially on offense, but I expect Kendal Briles to fully unleash KJ Jefferson's running ability and have him carry the ball 15-20 times. The difference in the game will be Bijan Robinson. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get close to 30 touches and Sarkisian will find a way to get him the ball in open space. As long as Hudson Card takes care of the football, Texas should leave Fayetteville with a victory.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 31, Arkansas 21
    Devon Messinger (1-0)
    Bijan Robinson, Hudson Card and Jordan Whittington all had solid games for the Longhorns last weekend and will now look to beat Arkansas on the road in Fayetteville.
    The Razorbacks have a plethora of talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, headlined by preseason All-American Jalen Catalon at safety. However, the game can be won and lost by the Longhorns on the trenches. Can the Longhorns force the Hogs to rely on quarterback KJ Jefferson's arm? Additionally, can Texas's offensive line bounce back from a shaky performance last week and create opportunities for Card and Robinson? If so, Texas will be in the driver's seat against the Razorbacks.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 31, Arkansas 21
    Tristan Larsen (1-0)
    After taking down top-25 Louisiana by 20 points, Sarkisian makes his SEC return against Arkansas in what could be a preview of a rivalry to come for Texas. This will be just the fifth meeting between these schools since 1992 and the first time Texas has traveled to Fayetteville in 17 years. A lot is going in the Longhorns' favor this Saturday. Bijan Robinson looked excellent as he was awarded the Big 12 and National Player of the Week. Hudson Card in his first start looked the part of the next great Texas QB. The defense as well was much improved as Sarkisian’s new and improved coaching staff seems to be a bright spot for the program.
    Arkansas themselves is coming off of a 38-17 victory over Rice as they look forward to going 2-0 against Texas schools this year. However, the Longhorns on paper are simply a better team than the Razorbacks at this moment. With a lot of the top name quarterbacks struggling in Week 1 another great Robinson performance could mean all gas no brakes toward Heisman consideration. Parlayed with the fact that Sarkisian embarrassed Arkansas last season 52-3, I think Texas easily takes care of business here.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 31, Arkansas 21
    Mitch Lovell (1-0)
    This game will be close early on as the crowd will be a factor for Hudson Card making his fist start on the road.  Card will settle down, rely on Bijan to run the ball and the Longhorns will cruise in the second half. Hogs QB KJ Jefferson struggled vs Rice throwing the ball and Texas will be well-prepared on defense for the Razorback offense.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 42, Arkansas 17
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    Bear19 reacted to MBHORNSFAN in Scouting Report: Arkansas Razorbacks   
    Arkansas is a bad football team. Their QB is not good. For Texas to take the next step it has to start beating teams like Arkansas.... 
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    Bear19 reacted to TFloss32 in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
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    Bear19 reacted to Sirhornsalot in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
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    Bear19 reacted to TFloss32 in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
    Finkley to Texas.
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    Bear19 reacted to Sirhornsalot in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
    Testing, 1, 2, 3

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    Bear19 reacted to MBHORNSFAN in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
    Blue is not playing this year. He is training and working hard in school. He wants to enroll at Texas in January. Level 1
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    Bear19 reacted to J.B. TexasEx in Common Man Prediction Thread: Horns vs Pigs   
    TEXAS 41
    Pigs 17
    We need to make a statement this week. #AllGasNoBrakes
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    Bear19 got a reaction from J.B. TexasEx in Common Man Prediction Thread: Horns vs Pigs   
    TEXAS 41
    swine 13
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    Bear19 reacted to david ficken in Common Man Prediction Thread: Horns vs Pigs   
    44-14. Texas.  We really didn't  show much of the offense and defense was solid and had a good understanding  of the defense.  Could get ugly if we stop the penalties on the return part of ST.
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    Bear19 reacted to java in ARKANSAS: A Little History   
    At the pep rally for Texas/Arkansas my Freshman year, which was in Memorial Stadium, there were over 20,000.
    For me, it’s always been:
    OU, Arkansas, then Lil Bro’
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    Bear19 reacted to TatumTXLonghorn in Anybody planning on going to the game Saturday?   
    My mom is a piggy Alumni! She begged me to dress casual for the game.
    I'll be there with burnt orange head to toe!
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    Bear19 got a reaction from java in Common Man Prediction Thread: Horns vs Pigs   
    TEXAS 41
    swine 13
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    Bear19 reacted to UTfish in 2022 Recruiting Board/Thread   
    Yep.  We're giving up on the Big 12 and going to the SEC where any problem can be solved with enough cash. 
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