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  1. Thanks for the comments Yes, I think Ewers is better in 2023. Might have some info to share (look at me tease like the OB mods) on X and NIL et al but more on that later. If I'm Ewers "handler", I tell him to make a statement in 2023. The day before spring drills start, shave the beard, trim the hair (it can stay long, just not ratty). Send a statement that it's not about him but the team. Besides, I think he looks like a FLACKING idiot with the Duck Dnyasty look. But I also think it scream "me" not team. Cook is tearing up UA practices. So is Malik, excited that both will be here in the Spring. Happy New Year all.
  2. View from the Cheap Seats-Alamo Bowl Sark and TEXAS finish with a thud Warning, this one is going to be a bit long as it will include a post signing day/pre-portal/pre-Spring drills review of the position groups and recruiting classes (with our grades) heading into 2023. A double Cheap Seats if you will until we return after the Spring game before we enter the darkest sports months of the year. Wanted to start out with an annual Cheap Seats pet peeve. People who whine about bowl games being “meaningless”. Have you watched the bowl games this season? Outside of Baylor who was brutalized by Air Force, the games have been highly competitive so far. Yes we know, many are clamoring for a 24-36 game playoff (trust me, one season of a 12 and it won’t be enough for some) and turning college football into March Madness. Where no one really cares about the regular season but the 3 weeks in March has everyone’s attention. Meanwhile we love the bowls, we love 2 extra weeks of practice and a chance to see next year’s players get to shine Oh and make no mistake, there have been some outstanding games. Now, time to talk the 2022 Alamo Bowl, I guess we have to TEXAS ran into a buzz saw Thursday night. Make no mistake, for all the bravado Longhorn fans talked, TEXAS faced a very good football team and their QB Michael Penix is impressive. Washington will end the year with 11 wins and a Top 10 ranking. Not sure there was a position group matchup in the Horns favor. TEXAS gave it’s fans some fools gold early when Jarrin Thompson picked off a Michael Penix pass to close Washington’s 1st drive. When UDub blocked TEXAS’ 1st punt attempt setting up a short field for them, we should have known it would be a LONG night for the good guys. Defense made an impressive stand and forced a FG so early reasons for optimism. TEXAS answered with their own 10 play 78 yard drive tying the game with a Bert Auburn FG. The Huskie’s 3rd drive would set the tone for the evening, 10 plays, 88 yards and a touchdown to take a lead they would never relinquish. 1st half end a quiet 13-3 Taking the opening 2nd half kickoff, TEXAS responds with it’s best drive of the night, 7 plays 75 yards and a TD to close the lead to 13-10. Washington countered with back to back long clock sucking drives of 13 plays 75 yards and 14 plays 90 yards eating up over 13 minutes in clock, taking a 27-10 advantage which effectively was the end of the night. So some observations. First thing that jumped out was Keilan Robinson getting the start at RB and the lions share of the snaps. Kid is a great change of pace/skat back type but where was Jonathan Brooks all night? In limited playing time, he produced 2 TDs. Of course where was the rushing game all night? We expected to see TEXAS trying to run the ball more, closer to a 50/50 balance with Ewers working the short to intermediate passing game. Instead, we saw 47 passes to only 18 runs. And Ewers had 4 of those carries. TEXAS does not have a team identity on either side of the ball. The offense’s best trait is rushing the ball but Sark would rather force the pass. We lost 2 road games this year when despite 2nd half leads, he passed more than he ran. The defense lacks a pass rusher/disrupter in front 6 (remember our base is 3-3-5) and can only get pressure blitzing. And while they bothered Penix some in the 1st half, they never got home. 2nd half, Penix was on fire. It is a bend but don’t break unit. Washington came in averaging 40 points a game so props to the D for holding them to 27 and not letting the game get out of hand. Sark had perhaps his best 2nd half play calling of the season as TEXAS would record 17 2nd half points to close the lead to 27-20 but there seemed to be no sense of urgency as time became TEXAS’ biggest enemy. Sarked called 5 bombs away plays. Did not complete a single 1. Ewers missed badly on a couple throws but then put 2 (3?) balls right on the money. They were both dropped. It doesn’t matter if the QBs throw is off or the WR drops the ball, net result is wasted play. TEXAS limps into the off season frankly with more questions than answers. We know Sark is very stubborn. He gets an idea in his head and he does not deviate from it. He likes to pass more than run, he likes limiting player substitutions. Ewers is his guy for better or worse and we’ve seen both from him this season. He actually was very good in the 2nd half passing the ball but it is clear he is not a leader nor does he rally a team around him. Cue the “he’s young” excuses. Stat reported by the announcers (who were really weak and spent the night gushing over Washington), 5 members of the 2018 recruiting class left and only 3 from 2019. 2018 should be the red shirt seniors. UGH. Good thing Sark recruits so well. Can he coach them up? After 2 years, we still have no clue. UDub will finish the year with 11 wins and a Top 10 ranking. TEXAS will not be ranked and doesn’t deserve to be. The only good news, nothing woulda/shoulda/coulda in this loss. Washington kicked our butts, winning the war of the trenches and their skill players simply made more plays Offensive Player of the Game Quinn Ewers-On paper, 31-47 369 yards and a TD. Hon Mention: Jonathan Brooks, 2 TDs in very limited use. Defensive Player of the Game Jarrin Thompson-His INT the biggest defensive play of the night Hon Men: Diomante Tucker-Dorsey and Terrance Brooks were 2 of the young guns who flashed at times. Jahea Barron looks like a player. Stats that matter 7-11 UDub on 3rd down. in 2nd half They would also go for it 4th and short 3 times, gaining 2 1st downs. 4 Washington’s total drives in the 2nd half. Talk about ball control offense 18-47 Run plays for TEXAS v Pass plays. Clearly, we are not a rushing team Conclusion We had hoped the bowl game would kick off a conference title game appearance run in 2023. Against one of the top team in the nation, TEXAS showed that once again, we are not ready for prime time. We liked the 2nd half play calling by the O. But TEXAS’ D could not get off the field in the 2nd half. Are we sure we want to get to the SEC a year early? We leave 2022 wondering what could have been and frankly with even more uncertainty for 2023. Fighting Mack Brown’s The more things change, the more they stay the same. It was the Holiday Bowl facing Oregon and once again, Mack got his heart broken as UNC snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. This time it wasn’t WRs dropping passes in the end zone to win the game, it was DBs drawing pass interference calls due to poor play. You want to know the difference between Mack and Stoops? Stoops understood playing great D. Highlights Position group preview for 2023 + short recruiting summary w/grades QB Always the position fans care about the most. Heading into spring Quinn Ewers is TEXAS’ starting QB. Make no mistake, any comments about “open competition” will be simply coach speak. Honestly too bad as we think uber talented Maalik Murphy might give Ewers a run if it was really an open competition. Word leaking out of practice is the MM has done a great job with the scout team and is a natural leader. Ewers faces a fork in the road. Early in 2022 he was being touted as the #1 player in the 2024 NFL draft. Today? he’d be a day 2/day 3 pick at best. Can he overcome the “funk” and get back on track? Can Sark build the offense around his talents (play action, short intermediate passing instead of bombs away?). TEXAS has the talent to win the BigXII but can they execute starting from the QB spot. Same thing we said last year, if Sark is wise, he builds the offense off the run not the pass while using play action, misdirection and RPO. Recruiting: Arch Manning is the future, but we suspect we see nothing from him outside of limited 4 game duty until 2024. Grade: A+ Sark went all in on Manning starting 2 years ago and landed the #1 QB in the nation. Potentially the #1 player RB We lose not only an All Time Top 5 RB at TEXAS but his back up who would have started at pretty much any other power 5 program in the nation to the NFL. And at this point, not many fans really worried about the RB room with Mr Brooks, Mr Blue, the “other” Robinson as a change of pace back and Cedric Baxter, #32 in the nation, arriving on campus. Recruiting: Cedric Baxter is a 5 star back who can do it all. RB room is in great shape. Baxter is also an early enrollee and expect to see him in the RB mix early in the fall. Tre Wisner was also added but we think he moves to slot WR. Grade: A yes, Baxter that good a prospect joining an impressive RB room. WR/TE The ?????’s abound. Will Xavier hit the portal as he has threatened for the 2nd year in a row? Will Jordan Whittington jump to the NFL? Can last year’s portal star Isiah Neyor recover fully from ACL surgery and return to form? WR do bring the drama. But make no mistake, Xavier has the ability to be TEXAS’ 1st Biletnikoff winner. Good sign is that X and JWhitt are both playing in the bowl game. Does that mean both are returning? We certainly hope so. TEXAS could have all their starters returning at WR or none of them so today, we have no way of knowing about the WR room. And expect Sark to add a WR in the portal as well. Now TE is more a known commodity as Ja’Tavion Sanders had the best year from a TE at TEXAS since David Thomas. Sanders finished as our #2 in pass catcher in 2022, clearly he is an emerging star. We hope to see even more of the TEs in the passing game next year considering TEXAS runs plenty of 12 personnel, (1 RB 2 TEs 2 WR) and our 2nd TE was Gunner Helms who is growing nicely into the blocking TE role. Backing them up is athletic Juan Davis who was hampered by injury in 2022. Xavier, JWhitt and Sanders combined for about 3/4ers of all TEXAS receptions in 2022. If both X and JWhitt hang for another year, we feel very good about the starters. There is talent among the reserves, but it remains to be seen which of our backups step up. Recruiting: TEXAS added National Top 30 player Johntay Cook II and National 100 player Ryan Niblett. And with one of the biggest flips (and way too much drama) of the season, Sark reeled in speedster Deandre Moore, another Top 100 national player. Look for Sark to add a Top WR from the portal as well. WR recruiting grade is an A+ as we are very excited about seeing Johntay Cook who is an early enrollee. Look for him on the field in the fall. PS, we think RB recruit Tre Wisner turns into a slot WR ala JWhitt. At TE, TEXAS signed Arch’s teammate 3 star William Randle and 3 Star Cali recruit Spenser Shannon who comes in at 6’7”. We like Shannon as one of our 3 “underrated stars” of the class. Additionally TEXAS remains in the mix for uber talented Duce Robinson from Arizona. His signing would boost the TE grade to B+/A- Overall Grade WR: A TE; C (pending Duce’s decision) OL True Freshman Kelvin Banks went wire to wire as TEXAS’ starting LT and turned in a Freshman AA level season. Hayden Conner (So) returns at one guard while a pair of true sophomores, DJ Campbell (So) and Cole Huston (So)will likely battle for the other guard spot. Jake Majors (Jr) likely mans the center spot as a 3rd year starter and the “old man” of the OL group. Redshirt freshman Cam Williams is the early favorite to take over the RT spot when Christian Jones departs for the show. Expected to be a weak link in 2022, the TEXAS OL performed well and appears well on their way to being a team strength going forward. Don’t be shocked if TEXAS takes an OT in the portal if only for depth. Recruiting: The youth of our offensive line means it’s likely that this year’s entire class of OLs will be able to redshirt to grow and develop And make no mistake, while this group is may not be ready today to start, they are all very talented. The future of the TEXAS OL looks very good for the next 5 years. Keep in mind, we are big believers that winning football begins in the trenches. Grade: B, no standout stars but plenty of good clay for Coach Floyd to mold behind the outstanding class he hauled in last year. Overall Offense Despite the loss of Bijan and Roschon to the NFL, the TEXAS running game appears in very capable hands. We only hope Sark learns his lesson from 2022 and leans more heavily on the run game than the pass game in 2023. Trying to be too clever and relying too much on the pass game likely cost TEXAS a conference title shot. More running leads to more play action with a good mix of RPO. Oh yes, bombs away on 2nd or 3rd and short not 1st and 10. Ewers is not a good deep ball thrower though appears (most of the time) a very good short and intermediate range passer. Sustained drives wearing out opponent’s Ds leads to wins. Explosive plays are nice, when they work. We think the #1 think holding back the TEXAS offense is Sark’s 2nd half play calling. We hope he spends part of the offseason figuring out how to carry over generally very good 1st halves into the 2nd half of games. In review, we were surprised that statistically, TEXAS’ 2022 offense was very similar to 2021. On to the other side of the ball. In 2021, TEXAS defense turned in one of the worst seasons in our storied history. The improvement in 2022 was dramatic and a key reason for an improvement in record. TEXAS went from #99 in scoring (31.1 ppg) to #24 with 21.2 ppg. Biggest reason for the improvement was an impressive change in run defense going from #114 (202 yards per game) in 2021 to #29 and 123 yards per game. Perhaps it was the players needing a year to figure out/learn Coach K’s systems. DL As mentioned in the OL write up, at the highest levels, football is won in the trenches. See Michigan, see tOSU see Georgia see Bama see Clemson. No accident why these 5 teams have been dominating of late. The most exciting news on the D side of the ball to report was T’Vondre Sweat’s return to man the middle of Coach K’s 3-3-5 defense. Had he left, there is no question he would have been drafted but he’s looking to make a statement in 2023 and get drafted much higher. Coupled with the continued improved play of Byron Murphy, the middle of the TEXAS DL looks stout. In 2019, Joseph Ossai ended his TEXAS career with a game wrecking performance vs Utah in the Alamo Bowl. The single biggest problem our D continues to face is no edge rushing game wrecker like JO. We saw flashes late in the season of Barryn Sorrell emerging at one DE spot, hopefully he continues to improve. Lots of talent but also lots of question marks opposite Sorrell. Does one of the sophomore pair of Justice Finkley or Ethan Burke step up? Or does Burke’s HS teammate and Sark’s 2nd biggest flip (from OU no less, a double bonus) early enrollee Colton Vasek step on campus and make an immediate impact? The talent is there on the outside, will someone emerge? Recruiting: You have to go back to the days of Chris Simms to see TEXAS pulling a kid out of New Jersey but they landed some serous beef in the frame of 4 star DT Sydir Mitchell. Bo Davis’ made real noise at the edge spot when he hauled in a Nation 40 ranked local kid in Colton Vasek. And bonus points, he was also a late flip from OU. Vasek will Pair with fellow early enrollee 3 star Billy Walton from State Champ South Oak Cliff and is another of our “underrated future star projections”. DL recruiting grade: B+ Would be higher but just 3 guys. LB A year ago, LB was a major question mark in Coach K/Coach Choate’s D. That was before Jaylan Ford stepped up to play at a BigXII POY level. Yes, we know they gave the award to KSU’s DE. Why we don’t understand, judge for yourself: 56 Solo Tackles/109 total 10 TFL 2 sacks 4 INTs and 2 fumble recoveries vs 30 Solo/42 total tackles 11 TFL 8.5 sacks ZERO INTs and 2 fumble recoveries. Scary thought is that Ford is still considering a jump to the NFL. So today TEXAS loses 2 LBs (the Jack/Buck position is a hybrid DE/LB, since we officially run a 3-3-5 base D, we’ll call the Buck a LB) and potentially all 3. Expect to see TEXAS add a LB in the portal. Coach K and Choate can read a depth chart and they brought in 4 LBs and are still chasing a 5th. The shining star of the LB class was Anthony Hill a 5 star player/#15 in the Nation. Another “bonus” point kid as he was a flip from our friends down at Dead Dog Ville. Mr Hill walks on campus into one of the starting spots most likely and he can play all 3 positions. Even better news, he’s an early enrollee. He will be joined this spring by Hawaii’s #2 ranked player Liona Lefau. The biggest signing day news came when Utah’s #1 ranked player, Tausili Akana (#121 Nationally) committed to TEXAS and he will be joined by small school (3A) star Derion Gullette (#123 nationally). Don’t be surprised if the staff adds a LB via the portal as well. Recruiting grade: A+ quality and quantity, best LB class in the Nation? Secondary When your base D features 5 DBs, you had better be deep at DB. That is not the case for the Longhorns. Though Sark/Coach K have already landed a very good former Wake Forest starter, Galvin Holmes at CB in the portal to pair across from Ryan Watts. Jahdea Barron started 9 games at the SPUR position, our hybrid S/LB spot and looks to return to that role. One other safety spot will be manned by Sr, Jerrin Thompson who stated 11 games in 2022 while the fight for the other spot will feature Sr Kitan Crawford (1 start) and Jr Morice Blackwell (1 start at SPUR). Pushing to move into starter roles will be Soph’s Michael Taffe (fresh from his recruiting duties and logging 1 start in 2022. If you don’t know, he was Arch Manning’s player escort on visits and seems to have a good knack for recruiting) Larry Turner-Gooden, who saw time in 2022 but did not burn his shirt and talented Bryan Allen. We are a tad surprised we did not see bigger DB numbers in recruiting but make no mistake, the 2 TEXAS landed were both Top 10 in the state and in the coveted “super blue chip” range. CB Malik Mohamad out of state champion South Oak Cliff is the #34 ranked player in the nation. And we love a player who arrives with a call sign. TEXAS landed the Raptor, Derek Williams, the #3 player in Louisiana a safety who looks to be a prototype S. MM will be an early enrollee so do not be surprised to see him in the 2 deep. We won’t be shocked if Williams pushes into the 2 deep as well but wish he was enrolling early. Grade: A-, great talent but numbers are low Overall recruiting Sark improved on last year’s #5 class by landing the #3 class for 2023. And he’s not done. Couple of blue chips in the hunt. Sark has also covered all position groups though we think the numbers are a tad light at DL and DB, largely a nit pick. Outstanding classes with the bonus of enjoying some late flips from traditional rivals. There is no question that Sark is a plus recruiter. Can he grow into a plus HC? While we saw clear improvement in 2022, we also saw TEXAS fall short to some of the same problems from 2021. Specifically, being outcoached in the 2nd half of games, abandoning the run, becoming very predictable with the play calls. While on defense, we saw strong improvement but maintain the #1 thing the team is missing is a Joseph Ossai style dominating pass rusher to disrupt opponents passing game. The bar has raised for TEXAS and at a minimum, the team must at least reach the Conference title game (hopefully on our way out the door to the SEC in 2024) to claim success. The talent is there. Hope you have enjoyed this too long report. Best wishes for a prosperous and happy New Year to all.
  3. Always appreciate Bijan, great player great teammate great person. Sorry, both Bijan and Jaamal well ahead of Ced. Ced was a work horse but never a difference maker and vanished in "big games". Ricky Earl Bijan Jaamal and Chris Gilbert are the Top 5 RBs in TEXAS history. D'Onte Foreman, Steve Worster Ced Roschon and Rosie rounding out the Top 10. With Baxter enrolling early, going to be interesting to see the 2023 RB depth chart. Have to assume Brooks starts as RB1 but we could see that change pretty quickly. Those guys running behind an OL with a year's worth of experience. . . .going to be interesting. Only hope Sark is smart enough to know that like 2022 should have been TEXAS in 2023 should be built around the run, play action and RPOs. We play for the BigXII title this year if Sark doesn't abandon the run in the 2nd half of games.
  4. OU landing the #10 class overall is actually pretty impressive given how shitty their season went. Not sure why Mario Christobal and Miami are not getting some "winner" love, another school with an impressive class despite a crappy season.
  5. View from the Cheap Seats-Kansas The Bijan Show, Toto, can we play in Kansas every week? Let’s be clear, Bijan LOVES him some Kansas. After logging 30 carries for 216 yards in Manhattan 2 weeks ago, Bijan has a ‘hold my beer and watch this’ night going off for 243 yards and 4 TDs on 25 carries. TEXAS went to Lawrence and simply blew out Kansas like it was 1999. By far the best and most complete game in the Sark era on both sides of the ball. TEXAS got off to a slow start with a 5 and out then they would take off, responding with scores on their next 9 drives, 7 of them touchdowns on their way to a 31-0 lead at halftime. Meanwhile the D set the early tone with back to back 3 and outs, a turnover on downs a missed FG, an INT, a punt and another turnover on downs leading to a 1st half shut out. Our D has gotten dramatically better since last season. More on that in a second. It was clear early that Sark had committed to the rush game, 27 1st half rushes to 14 pass attempts. We will offer our only criticism of this week’s Cheap Seats, where has this game plan been? Sark gave Ewers short passes to build his confidence and it paid off. And he was back to attacking the edges with the TEXAS rushing attack, putting Bijan in a position to showcase his skills. It should be mentioned, thanks to a collection of issues (poor play calling, poor execution, dropped passes) TEXAS could not effectively use temp vs TCU. They used it and used it well again the Jayhawks. Let’s talk about Bijan for just a second as he nears the end of his TEXAS career (he’s expected to jump to the show this spring). With this monster night, Bijan has moved into a 5th place tie with Chris Gilbert and is only 97 yards behind Jamaal Charles in the #4 spot. Gilbert was a brilliant running back for the Longhorns (though before our time) from 1966-1968 and would be the 1st D1 RB to gain 1000 in each of his 3 seasons. Back then Freshmen were not eligible. Not much chance of Bijan catching #3 Earl Campbell as he’s 1200 yards behind with 2 games to go (sorry, we know it could be 3 but longshot at best to get to the conference title game). With tonight’s game, he became the 7th TEXAS running back to reach 3000 yards in his career. With his 4 TD performance, he has scored a TD in 20 of 23 games at TEXAS. Coming into the game he had gained 784 yards after contact of his 1158 yards this season. He also had forced 74 missed tackles, leading the nation. That number will jump up again this week. Since he arrived, Coach Pete Kwiatkowski has been under fire. This year’s D significantly better than last year and his young charges stepped up in a big way on the road. Kansas would not score until late in the 3rr quarter with the game already out of reach. Some interesting stats were posted during the game: 2021 2022 Rush D 114th 39th Total D 100th 59th Scoring D 99th 32nd Sacks 101st 48th Tonight’s efforts should improve those numbers. Kansas’ best weapon was Devin Neal and their RB came into the game having rushed for 414 yards in the previous 2 games. He would leave gaining just 55. Defense stepping up in a big way. Offensive Player of the Game Bijan Robinson. He will be missed badly when he leaves, tonight was his show. 4th TEXAS RB with 250+ yards in 25 carries or less. Had he been featured all year like this, he’d be a shoe in for NYC. Doak Walker award in sight? Perhaps Honorable Mention: Offensive line. They were impressive coming off their worst night of the season. Defensive player of the game Jaylan Ford He made a great play to undercut a route to record another INT, snuffing out a late 2nd quarter Kansas drive and setting TEXAS up to record another touchdown. Honorable Mention: The entire D played well but we’re going with Morice Blackwell, tied for the team lead in tackles and a tackle for loss Stats that matter · 0-2 KSU on 4th down Jarren Thompson with 1 and Alfred Collins with the other 4th down stuff. · 3-4 TEXAS on 4th down · 2 Sark/TEXAS on a 2 game road winning streak · 5-6 TEXAS red zone TDs + a FG · 539 Total TEXAS yards · 12-11 Sark’s record at TEXAS Conclusions Great game and a great game plan on both sides of the ball. In what should/could pay big dividends in the future was so many young players logging time in the 4th quarter. Johnathan Brooks took advantage of his 11 carries to log his 1st 100 yard game of his career. Always a sad time of the year, another college football regular season is down to its last game. TEXAS can finish on a high note but the season will be remembered best as what could have been. On Deck Baylor snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and now faces traveling to Austin, we hope more than a little hung over from a game they should have won. TEXAS shows up like they did vs Kansas, TEXAS can go to sleep Friday night as YUGE Kansas fans. A TEXAS win and a Kansas win puts TEXAS in the Big XII title game. We don’t see it but that’s why they play the games. Beat Baylor, finish 8-4 (which was our pre season floor) and let the chips fall where they may. Fighting Mack Brown’s Mack’s guys have been playing with fire all season and it caught up with them this weekend. Up at halftime, they would give up the lead, go for it on 4th down late in the game only to have their All American WR drop an easy pass in the endzone to take the lead. Defense could not get a stop and UNC went down to lowly Georgia Tech. Mack still has his ticket punched to the ACC title game where he needs to beat Clemson for a New Year’s 6 bowl bid. Otherwise, he might be facing TEXAS in the Cheez-it Bowl Ranking the BigXII #1 TCU Kept the dream season alive with a miracle comeback vs Baylor. Needs to get past cellar dweller ISU then KSU or maybe TEXAS in the CCG to make the playoffs #2 KSU Beat Kansas and they face TCU again in the CCG #3 TEXAS Need Kansas to upset KSU to have a chance at CCG. Next 5 can go in any order #4 Okie Lite #5 Baylor Could have pulled a huge upset, going bowling #6 TT Going bowling #7 Kansas Going bowling #8 OU Going bowling #9 WVU #10 ISU We care about bowling as we have ties to the Armed Forces Bowl and for the 1st time in a while, the BigXII will have a representative, likely TT which means better turn out. If we had a vote that matter. No style points this weekend but the picture coming into view #1 Georgia sluggish win vs Kentucky #2 tOSU late defensive TD obscured the closeness of the game #3 TCU very late FG to take a 1 point win #4 USC UCLA gave them everything they wanted, one of the better games of the day Just a bit outside #5 Michigan faces tOSU for a spot in the B1G title game #6 Clemson set to face the fighting Mack Brown’s for the ACC title #7 LSU Can a 2 loss SEC champ make the playoffs? Over 1 loss champs from other conferences? And where would that leave a 1 loss Georgia? Game highlights https://youtu.be/dQ1NCyBBiDo Bijan Lights, every carry, thanks Nash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYnqSQAv9LE
  6. I blame it on too much single batch at the Marine Corps Ball Sat night, thanks for the catch, now fixed It was a bad game for the OL but I think Floyd will prove to be the right guy. And I think our OL is going to be impressive starting with Kelvin Banks who I believe is that next AA OL/Outland type you are looking for.
  7. View from the Cheap Seats-TCU Opportunity squandered TEXAS came into the game a 7-point favorite in full control of their path to a BigXII Title game berth. With a raucous crowd of over 100,000 on a chilly night for the ABC PRIME TIME match and with Game Day making their 2nd visit to Austin in one year, something that only happens rarely. #4 TCU coming to town against the #18 ranked Horns. The stage does not get any bigger for a regular season bout. Two high scoring teams not really known for their defense featuring two excellent running backs and the best QB in the BigXII. No, the other guy, Max Duggan. The nation treated to a defensive slug fest and the lowest 1st quarter yardage output to date among FBS teams. No way to sugar coat this, the TEXAS Longhorns are not remotely ready for prime time. And the really sad part, half the team showed up ready to play. Our defense was clearly channeling their inner Joseph Ossai and completely wrecked shop on TCU. TCU came in averaging 43 points per game and was held to 17 while being limited to just over half their usual yardage. A signature win was served up for Sark and company on a silver platter only to see TEXAS with its worst offensive performance in years. We said pre-season that Sark/TEXAS’ goal this year should have been to put BiJan in a position to win the Heiman. This is a run first team (or at least should be) with a very young offensive line and a very inexperienced quarterback, do what you do best. The game ended with TEXAS still looking for a signature win under Sark. So far the closest we come is a 1 point loss to Bama. In the last 4 games, TEXAS has recorded only 1 2nd half touchdown. Even the staunchest Sark fan has to be questioning what is going on with the Horns. This is now a scary trend. Not 100% on Sark as the execution in this game was abysmal. 5 dropped passes, multiple misfires by Ewers, at least against Okie Lite, he had a legitimate injury excuse. He is young, he is very inexperienced, and he appears to be pressing badly. Sark called bombs away early and often, one of them leading to Ewers forcing a ball into double coverage and an INT. He continued the pattern of taking a deep shot on 1st down putting TEXAS behind the chains. Ewers simply does not throw a good deep ball and not one deep shot pass was remotely close to catchable. To us there are 2 stats that stand out. A great rushing team only rushing 22 times out of 61 plays and being 1st and goal at the TCU 5 or closer twice and only coming up with 3 points. BiJan, arguably the best RB in the nation, only carried 12 times. His counter part for TCU carried 22 times while TCU rushed 44 times. They NEVER abandoned the run even though it wasn’t working very well. Not all on Sark, dumb penalties, and poor execution (5 dropped passes) but the lion’s Silver lining department, defense played with their hair on fire from the opening bell. Our only complaint, where has this been all year? They were relentless, lead by Barryn Sorrell’s break out performance, 3 tackle for losses and a sack and a half. He seemed to live in the TCU backfield. Nor was he alone, in all TEXAS would record an amazing 13 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. Had you told us TCU would be held to 17 points, we’d have bet the house on TEXAS covering the 7. And the defense would score the only touchdown of the game for the Horns on a scoop and score fumble late in the 4th. Great job by the D, they created something to build upon going forward. Aggie and OU lost. Sorry not sorry to enjoy their misery but Aggie just blew a shot at going bowling even if they win out, which we doubt happens. OU has to win one of the next 2 to go bowling. We care about that because we have ties to the Armed Forces bowl and we need 1 more BigXII team to qualify to get a BigXII team as half the matchup. Stats that Matter 22-39 Run vs pass mix. 1-13 TEXAS on 3rd down with over 10 yard the average line to gain 13/5 Tackles for loss and sacks, it wasn’t all negative 1-3 Scoring in the red zone, 1 FG no TDs Putrid 1 Number of offensive touchdowns in the 2nd half of the last 4 games Offensive Player of the Game Jordan Whittington, 6 catches 72 yards as we recall no drops Defensive player of the Game Barryn Sorrell Set the tone early and often. Finished tied for the team lean in tackles, sack and a half and 3 tackles for loss. Jahdea Barron needs some love as well, tied for the team lead in tackles with 3 and a half tackles for loss. Defense made us proud today, great efforts across the board. Conclusions Teams reflect their coaching staff and that is not a good thing this morning. We expected the pressure to get to TCU and frankly it did a bit as they seriously under performed. But we don’t care about the cock roaches, we care about the Horns and sadly the TEXAS O was putrid. We fear Sark coaches scared or responds too much to pressure. 22 rushes out of 61 plays is a horrid mix and the game was NEVER that far out of hand. Nor was it the 1st loss on the year where we abandoned the run despite the game never being out of reach. Granted it’s hard when you call the right plays, but the players drop the ball or fail to execute. But as he said in his press conference, his job to put players and the team in a position to succeed. He failed. Opportunity squandered and really it will be 2023 before he has a chance to record a “signature” win. On Deck Kansas on the road. While there is a convoluted path to the BigXII title game, we’re going to just enjoy the final two regular season games cuz the odds on us getting to that game are slim at best. Good news, pressure if off Sark, maybe he’ll loosen up and go back to having some fun with the play calling. Time to build for 2023. If we have not burned a shirt on a player, we shouldn’t. If we have burned a shirt, time to get some guys some snaps when live bullets are flying. Please for TEXAS fans, we have 2-3 games (we don’t whine at all if Bijan wants to skip the bowl), let Bijan go out in style, 15-20 carries a game. Let him leave TEXAS as a top 5 rusher in our books. Fighting Mack Browns Took a big early lead vs Wake Forest and hung on to win a close one. With the win, they punched their ticket to play for the ACC title where they face Clemson who has also qualified for the ACC title game. Ranking the BigXII #1 TCU Their sights still set on the playoffs for now but they are assured a trip to the CCG. #2 KSU They are now the front runner for the other CCG berth. WVU and Kansas on tap, fat lady is warming up #3 OSU Needs some help to get to the CCG, anxiously awaiting bowl bids #4a Baylor Going bowling but finishes with TCU then TEXAS. No rest for the wicked #4b TEXAS Going bowling. Better year than last year but not by a great deal #6 Kansas Bowl ticket punched. #7 Texas Tech Needs 1 win to go bowling with ISU on deck then OU. They could beat both #8 WVU Needs 2 wins to go bowling. Not impossible but not likely KSU then OSU to finish the year #9 OU Needs 1 win to go bowling and they finish with OSU and TT. They might not get there. #10 ISU Needs 2 wins to go bowling vs Tech then TCU If we had a playoff ballot Playoffs getting REALLY interesting. Does a 1 loss Tenn or Mich/tOSU without winning their conference trump a 1 loss Clemson or USC that has won their conference? Or the fighting Mack Brown’s if UNC wins out? Since conference titles are supposed to matter. #1 Georgia Will face LSU for the SEC title . #2 tOSU Match up with Michigan for the B1G title looms large #3 TCU 3 games to go. Gary built a hell of a team. #4 USC Assumes they win the Pac with 1 loss. Just a bit outside #5 Tenn #6 Michigan, this assumes a loss to tOSU but is either’s resume better without a conference title than Tenn? #7 UNC Who’s to say that Mack/UNC do not win out, then they are in the mix #8 LSU If 2 loss LSU wins the SEC, how do you keep them out? Which raises the question, how does the committee keep out a 1 loss but not conference champ Georgia? Low lights
  8. View from the Cheap Seats-Kansas State Defense seals a much needed road win Road win. These have been rare birds since Sark arrived. Memories of Mack Brown’s struggles with KSU and trips to Manhattan came flooding back. The stakes are high as the winner is setting themselves up as one half of the Conference Championship Game while the loser isn’t eliminated but will need help. KSU coming off their biggest/best win of the season, a 48-0 thrashing of previous conference #2 Okie Lite. This is a season where the TEXAS D has struggled. Tonight they would deliver the knockout punch securing victory. TEXAS opened with perhaps the best half of football they have played all season. They would hang 31 points on KSU in the 1st half and it should have been more save a rare Roschon fumble. You could not have scripted a better start to the game on the Horns 1st 3 drives: 8 play 75-yard drive, TD, 8 play 75 yard drive TD, 8 play 75 yard drive TD. And the play calling was masterful. KSU was kept completely off balance with a strong mix of runs and passes with plays going left right and up the middle. TEXAS was well on their way to making it a rout until Roschon tracked down from behind and a rare fumble forced on drive #4. It would be a fumble in each half that would keep the Wildcats in the game. Defense bowed up forcing a turnover on downs, the 1st of 3 turnovers by the Horns and all would be critical. TEXAS turned the 4th down turnover into a FG then blunted KSUs next drive with a Jaylan Ford INT which TEXAS turned into a TD and a 31-10 halftime lead. We would be remiss if we did not mention BiJan climbing back into the Heisman discussions with a 15 carry 160 yard and a TD 1st half. He was amazing. Pressure. Football is a game of emotion. One of the most powerful is the pressure one team can force upon the other. It was clear in the 1st half, Sark was keeping the pressure on the Wildcats with long sustained drives and opening up a 21 point advantage. Despite their D being well coached, Sark was winning the chess match in the 1st half. KSU’s D was back on their heels, unsure of what was coming next. 2nd half, the pressure largely flipped onto the Horns as it was clear previous failures to close out games impacted the play and play calling of the Horns. It was in the players and coaches’ minds. Will say there was no quit in the Horns D, they left it out on the field and in the end, secured victory. Even without the fumble, the TEXAS D appeared to be playing well enough to run out the clock. Tale of two halves Best half of TEXAS football in the Sark era on both sides of the ball. 2nd half, Longhorn fans have been here before. Double digit lead gained, in this case 21 points at halftime but you still have to play the 2nd half. This time the 2nd half could not have started better for the road team. Defense once again stood up, despite an offsides call putting KSU in 1st and 5 and they would force a 3 and out punt. Ewers and company took the field and went on the move. Oh wait, BEEP BEEP BEEP, the sound of the back up warning horn from a service vehicle. Two false start penalties on TEXAS’ 1st drive. No worries, Ewers with a great pass to Xaiver Worthy for a 1st down near middle field but a clean hard shot dislodges the ball, X Man fumble sets KSU up with a short field at the TEXAS 24. KSU converts for a TD, cutting the lead from 21 to 14. Here we go again. You can feel the momentum of the game starting to swing. TEXAS’ 1st three drives in the 2nd half would end fumble, punt punt. TEXAS D started missing tackles and assignments. KSU opened the 4th quarter, completing a 71 yard drive with a TD, it’s now a 7 point game 31-24. The D was getting pressure on Martinez but he ducked out of arm tackles, frequently completing key passes. TEXAS responds with an 11 play drive ending in a FG to push the lead back to 2 scores, 34-24. Not to be outdone, KSU answers with their own FG drive shrinking the lead to 7. Kickoff to TEXAS, 4:06 left in the game, TEXAS needs a couple of 1st downs to get out of Manhattan with a rare, prized road win. Against a KSU front selling out to stop the run, Sark calls 3 straight runs into the middle and is forced to punt. If nothing else, an outside run would have burned a few more seconds of clock. Trejo’s punt pins KSU back at their 19 with 2:43 seconds in the game. The dread in Longhorn nation descended like a dark cloud. How would be blow yet another 2nd half lead. Clock was now the key and TEXAS’ D was forcing KSU to bleed clock. The front had done a good job of pressuring Martinez throughout the game. On this series they even forced their 2nd strip sack but the ball bounced out of bounds. KSU advanced to the TEXAS 43 and the clock was under 30 seconds. Can the D hang in for a couple more plays? Forget that, Keondre Coburn forces yet another Martinez fumble, recovered by Kaylan Ford to double Sark’s road wins in his TEXAS tenure. Offensive Player of the Game Who else? BiJan Robinson. He will leave TEXAS as one of the Top 5 running backs in our history. Hopefully we get to see him 5 more times as a Horn. 30 rushes 209 yards (career 2nd best) and a TD 2 receptions for another 33 and a couple of critical blocks in pass pro to give Ewers just 1 more second to throw. BiJan certainly made a statement going up against Deuce Vaughn who for the 1st time in his career, did not have a great game against the Horns. BiJan left no question who is the top BigXII RB, maybe top in the land Honorable Mention Kevin Banks- we could say the entire offensive line who played very well on the road but Banks is making noise trying to be an All American this year. Not just a freshman AA (that should be in the bag) but one of the very best OTs in the land. He faced Felix Aundike-Uzomah much of the night. Likely 1st round draft pick and #2 in CFB in sacks. No sacks, no pressures, no TFL. Defensive Player of the Game Kaylan Ford A turnover secured in both halves. The 1st an INT killing a 1st half KSU drive leading to a TEXAS TD, the 2nd fumble recovery to secure VICTORY. He would also lead the team in tackles with 10 (6/4) Stats that matter · 8-15 TEXAS 3rd down conversion. Much better · 5-12 KSU 3rd down conversion, that’s winning football · 5-5 Red Zone scoring, 4 TDs. That ratio will win a lot of games. · 16-57 TEXAS’ 2nd half scoring on the road, not good. · 1129 BiJan rushing total for the season, back to back 1000 yard years. He still leads CFB in broken tackles. Conclusions Excellent win vs a very good team. More importantly, on the road. TEXAS continues to make silly mistakes and miss tackles but they found a way to win. As TEXAS punted with just under 3 minutes left, how many were thinking “we’ll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again”? Sark’s 1st half play calling was brilliant and kept KSU completely off balance by using the whole field. How do we get that over both halves? And enough with the “bombs away” calls. Ewers simply does not throw that ball well. OTOH, his short and intermediate stuff is remarkable. Seems to be a recurring theme, one week we’re fighting for a conference championship berth, the next week the season is a failure. On Deck The undefeated Horny Frogs of TCU are coming to Austin for a night game. We suspect the crowd will be as crazy as Mizzu from 2008. TCU is dreaming of a potential playoff berth and has a game to give as it relates to the conference title. TEXAS needs to win out to assure its half in the title game. Who has more pressure? More 1st half style play calling is in order with fewer 1st down “bombs away” calls putting TEXAS behind the chains. Bombs away on 2nd and short is fine but TEXAS needs to stay ahead of the chains. Hang on TEXAS fans, it’s been a roller coaster so far this season and it’s not over yet. Going to be a fun ride to close it out and no gimmies left on the schedule. Fighting Mack Brown’s UNC continues to win close games and games which should not be as close as they are. Since we saw everyone last, Mack’s crew has notched 2 more wins. They have Wake and NCSt upcoming with GT sandwiched in the middle. Mack playing with a loss to give and still heading for the ACC title game Ranking the BigXII #1 TCU (6-0) Dreams of playoff berths dancing in their heads or will they settle for Sugar Plums in the Sugar Bowl? They can drop a game to anyone and still have a path to the CCG. #2 TEXAS (4-2) It’s been rough and rocking traveling but have they finally found themselves upright on the ground? Cannot afford to stumble. #3 Baylor (4-2) Adios Oklahoma Nice win over the thieves of land setting up a “who’s chasing TEXAS” game vs KSU. KSU remains in the hunt for the CCG but needs help. Baylor, win this week and they control their own destiny #4 KSU (4-2) Stuck a dagger in OSU’s heart then had TEXAS repay the favor #5 Kansas (3-3) The land of Toto is not kind to Okie Lite as for the 2nd week in a row, they are singing “momma don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys” to the joy of Toto fans all over the world. #6 Okie Lite (3-3) In freefall. All above are going bowling. #7 Dirt Burglers (2-4) Gave up almost 300 yards rushing to Baylor, needs 1 win to go bowling #8 Texas Tech (2-4) Needs to win 2 from KU, ISU OU to go bowling. Odd that OU/OSU Bedlam is not last game of OU/OSU’s season. #9 ISU (1-5) Needs 2 wins to go bowling, finishes with OSU, TT and OU. #10 WVU (1-5) Needs to win out to go bowling vs OU, KSU OSU If the Cheap Seats had a ballot(today) Some major shake ups #1 Georgia Did the devil head down to Georgia and make a deal? #2 tOSU #3 Michigan #4 TCU Just a bit outside Winner of Oregon USC in the Pac title game. If conference titles matter Tennessee or loser of Mich/tOSU?, can either do enough to leap frog a 1 loss Oregon/USC winner without a title? Clemson Highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPUmL6G7Sq4
  9. View from the Cheap Seat-Okie Lite Déjà vu all over again Shades of 2021 and a familiar title. It fits. TEXAS enjoyed a double-digit lead late in the 2nd quarter and our offense goes turtle . . . . .again. Clearly their DC said “we are not going to let BiJan beat us on the counter” at half time and our “offensive genius” HC could not adjust. We ran ZERO jet sweeps, we ran a GREAT WR screen to Brennan Thompson, worked so well, we never called that play again. Think we ran 1 outside zone play, we ran virtually no passes to our outstanding pass catching RBs out of the backfield. We seemed to forget until late in the 4th quarter our TEs are both excellent and eligible. But we ran plenty of “bombs away” to Xavier even though Ewers does not throw that pass very well on his best day. WHY? Ewers loves crossing routes, slants, bubble screen and the like. And let’s be candid, this was his worst day. Against OU, we ran some great crossing routes and schemed our pass catchers pretty well. Mike Gundy has owned TEXAS of late. 5-3 vs TEXAS in the CFS/Mensa/Sark era. Best Okie Lite streak in the history of the series. He is the best coach in the BigXII and he rolled out the best QB in the BigXII (there is a reason he was the All BigXII QB last year). And for all of that, Sark & Company once again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with poor play but worse, poor play calling. Some of the fan boys will blame the D and they did give up 40 points but overall the D played fairly well considering we have walk ons and 3rd teamers playing large roles in the secondary. We needed an offense that could run the clock and shorten the game. We didn’t get it. We also enjoyed 14 penalties. . .14, we are Alabama bad at that after seemingly getting that issue fixed. Though in fairness, the last penalty saved a pick 6. Oddly, almost impossibly, Okie Lite recorded ZERO. Yes, you read that right, ZERO. Despite their OL practically tackling our pass rushers and their DBs Face it, by giving the BigXII the finger, we’re going to have to beat the refs as well as our opponents. And why were beyond pissed, this was another coulda/shoulda/woulda game we allowed to get away. 2nd half 1st down plays Want to point to the single biggest problem with the offense? We frequently got behind the chains in the 2nd half. Below are the 1st down plays from each drive BiJan 5 yards, 2 incompletions Punt BiJan Zero Punt Xavier 27 KR -1 Punt BiJan 4 Sanders’ 1st catch-7 Punt Billingsley 20 FGA Billingsley 13 INT Ewers INC/Pass to Milton no gain/penalty 1st 15 INT Forget sustaining drives, we could not get out of 1st down without being behind the chains. Where was the jet sweep, crossing pass off play action to the TE, where was the outside zone or another WR screen? This offense (most offenses) work best when you are not behind the chains. So to be clear, some fans will claim we’re calling for Sark’s head. To be clear we are not. We want Sark to stop being so rigid in his play calling and to take a page out of Greg Davis’ book, tailor the offense to your talent. The best coach’s self-coach/evaluate during the season. Heck the really good ones adjust at halftime but let’s crawl before we run. Keep the D off balance with misdirection, don’t be so predictable. And we don’t care if bombs away worked at Bama, you don’t have that QB or those WRs. 3-4 times a game, fine, we did not chart it but had to have been at least a dozen. So these are our observations of TEXAS’ deficits and they are pretty obvious. You can support a coach/not call for his head but still point out what doesn’t work right. The worst thing TEXAS could do is start over again after 2023, after 2024 or after 2025. Silver lining section: Ewers is going to get better. Our offensive line is going to get better. Keep in mind we start 2 true freshmen and 2 sophomores; future is bright there. Our TEs and WRs are going to be better and we have Worthy for another year, JWhitt? Maybe not. And as much as this hurts to say today, this team can still finish 9-3/8-4, can still play in a bowl game and is one of the most attractive portal spots for the spring. Our 1st look is for a pass rusher or 2, DBs (both) 2-3 of those and a #1 pass catcher. And yes, it will trigger some but there is ZERO reason this team is not favored to win the BigXII next year despite losing BiJan, the best RB in America and Roschon, an absolute stud. Oh yeah, we lose 2 big men in the middle of the DL who will be hard to replace as well. Offensive player of the Game BiJan Robinson, he was his usual amazing self.24 carries, 140 yards TD and 1 reception 41 yards and a TD. He had some great runs in the 2nd half despite Okie Lite loading up to stop him. He’d have done better with better play calling. Honorable mention: Roschon Johnson, 5 carries 73 yards and a TD Defensive player of the Game Co’s this week Jaylan Ford-Really coming into his own this year Ryan Watts-His endzone INT kept TEXAS in a position to win, snuffing out an early Okie Lite drive. His departure from the game highlighted how important he is to the TEXAS defense. Yes, we’ll say it, he doesn’t go down, the secondary has more stop and we likely win.. Special Teams- Want to spend a minute to highlight how well our special teams played overall. They opened with a blocked punt. Both K Robinson and Xaiver Worthy had very nice returns to set TEXAS with good field position. With the exception of one KO return, Okie Lite basically lost the field position battle and had no returns of note. On that one big return, the D bowed up with a 3 and out. Auburn made two FGs, missed one. Not perfect but more than enough to win the game. Stats that matter: 15-0 Not sure we’ve ever seen it, TEXAS penalties vs Okie Lite. Some were DUMB, some were bull. Never seen a team go ZERO for penalties in such a contested game and at least 2 Okie Lite drives kept alive with penalties. 1-6 Sark’s road record at TEXAS. No bueno 10-10 Sark’s overall record 52 Before this game BiJan’s “forced missed tackles”, he lead the nation in the category coming in to the Okie Lite game. 8 Okie Lite drives of 5 plays or less ending with punts. D wasn’t great but also a) not the strength of the team b) playing with 3rd stringers and walk ons and c) played well enough to win 4-2 TEXAS turnovers (3 INTs. downs) vs Cowboy turnovers (INT blocked punt) 3-17/0-2 3rd down conversion rate for TEXAS then 4th down. Pathetic 32/49 Runs vs passes called. Seems odd since Ewers was struggling from the 1st series and we have 2 All American level backs Conclusions As mentioned above, TEXAS/Sark figured out another way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and recorded another “failure on the road”. Make no mistake, this is a good team that likely finishes ranked in the top 10 if they can win out. Though they only have 1 patsy in their next 5. Will be interesting to see but sadly, TEXAS blew a chance to continue control over it’s destiny. Having most of the players walk out and not sing the Eyes reeks of a lack of culture. On Deck If Sark is going to enjoy success at TEXAS, he will have to learn how to win on the road and hold leads in the 2nd half. And clearly he needs to stop getting outcoached in the 2nd half. The good news, he has a bye week to fix some problems then TEXAS will be tested again in 2 weeks by a very good KSU team.. . . on the road. No rest for the wicked from there, TEXAS will follow that hosting TCU, traveling to Kansas then closing out with the surging Baylor Bears to finish the season. Go 1-3 down the stretch, TEXAS goes bowling, go 2-2, that was the pre-season floor so either of those outcomes and the season is meh. Improvement from last year but nothing special. Go 3-1 and it’s a good not great season. Bit far fetched today but win out, TEXAS will need some help to make the Conference Title game. Every team we’ll face features a dual threat QB and a couple of them will compete for All BigXII QB. Going to enjoy some good sipping whiskey to numb the pain and resign ourselves to just enjoying the next 4 game by game plus bowl selection Sunday. #1 goal from here is to keep the recruiting class together and land some quality portal kids to fill holes. Fighting Mack Brown’s On the bye this week, 6-1 so they go bowling. Biggest remaining game is Pitt. Each controls their destiny to win the division. Bad news, the Fighting Mack Brown’s seem to make every game interesting in the 4th, even the weak teams. Ranking the BigXII #1 TCU 7-0/4-0 Beat 4 straight ranked opponents, control their destiny to the BigXII CCG, got to face KSU’s back up QB #2 Okie Lite 6-1/3-1 Will be tested vs KSU next weekend, winner controls their destiny to the BigXII title game. Going bowling #3 KSU 5-2/3-1 Faces Okie Lite then TEXAS next and they control their path to the BigXII title game #4 TEXAS (5-3/3-2) Easy path to going bowling but is the season slipping away? #5a Baylor (4-3/2-2) Nice win over Kansas though they should have put them away earlier. Baylor is getting better as the season goes on. 2 wins to go bowling #5b Texas Tech (4-3/2-2) Beat cellar dweller WVU, still needs 2 to go bowling #7 Dirt Buglers (4-3/1-3) Needs 2 to go bowling, they have Gabriel back and it matters #8 Kansas (5-3/2-3) Needs one win to go bowling, if you are Kansas, that’s a Dorothy level season. #9a ISU (3-4/0-4) Like WVU, needs to win 3 and they play each other to go bowling #9b WVU (3-4/1-3) 2 weeks and they play ISU to determine the cellar dweller. Looks like BigXII only gets 8 bowl eligible teams at best. Good news, if we get to 7, one will play in the Armed Forces Bowl which will be a good draw. If we had a vote that counted #1 tOSU Big win vs Iowa, style points #2 Georgia Bye week #3 Tenn beat up a tomato can, Cocktail party for the SEC East rep? Even if they lose, they also beat Bama who likely has 2 losses by year end. #4 Clemson Dodged a major bullet vs a better than we thought Syracuse. Norte Dame on deck then largely cupcakes. Just a bit outside Michigan, can make their case when they play tOSU, win that game, they are in the Final 4 Oregon Win out and their sole loss will be to #1 Georgia. Biggest games left, Utah and then the winner of UCLA/USC in the Pac 12 title. USC/UCLA winner. Both with 1 loss, each needs to win out to have any chance TCU Why not, they are unbeaten. Bet you wouldn’t have thought that in the offseason. Bama needs to win out/win the SEC to score an invite Game Highlights
  10. Think that is a very good observation. Though we saw the negative impact of Watts going down and keep in mind, we are missing Junior in the middle of the OL and it shows. Though the OL coming together/rising to the challenge.
  11. View from the Cheap Seats-Iowa State Demons exorcised Make no mistake, this is BiJan Robinson’s team. Against the Cyclones, he put the Horns on his back, using both receptions and rushes and showed everyone why he is a Heisman candidate this year as well as a 1st round pick in next spring’s NFL draft. An exceptional performance where many great plays will not show up in the stat sheets, but it was his talent and drive that regularly turned 1-2 yard gains into 5 and 6 yard gains. Nothing better than watching him routinely break defenders’ ankles with his almost other worldly cuts. Good thing BiJan showed up strong as we saw Quinn Ewers come back down to earth more than a little. BiJan would finish the game with 28 carries and 4 pass receptions including an amazing grab on 3rd and 6 to carry the ball down to the ISU 9 yard line leading to an X Worthy TD pass which represented the game winning points in a 24-21 victory. The ISU Cyclones and Matt Campbell come to DKR riding a 3 game winning streak over the Horns and the #1 WR in the nation with their own version of Xaiver, Xavier Hutchenson. Their Xaiver would have a monster game against the Horns, 10 receptions 154 yards but his biggest play was the only ball he dropped late in the 4th quarter which would have set ISU up at the TEXAS 8 yard line with a chance to take the lead. Our Xavier would have a nice game with 10 catches as well but the big difference, our Xavier turned two of his grabs into touchdowns. The 2nd off a pivot or whip route which left the DB clutching at air. He came off the line broke hard for the post then planted his foot, spun around and headed to the sideline. Just as they did in the 1st half when Jaylen Ford picked off the ISU QB in the end zone, TEXAS’ D, specifically Anthony Cook would hit their QB hard on off a scramble and force a fumble where once again Jaylen Ford was Johnny on the spot, recovering the fumble to seal the win for the Horns. We mentioned last week that the TEXAS D struggles against dual threat QBs. Today the ISU’s 4 star Sophomore QB would outplay TEXAS’ 5 star freshman QB. The turning point of the game would be TEXAS’ D (Jaylen Ford) coming up with 2 turnovers. Not unlike TEXAS, ISU likes to run 1st setting up the passing game. We would be remiss if we did not give both lines some props. ISU’s Will McDonald, another spring NFL draft pick, came into the game needing 2 sacks to tie the BigXII record. He’s heading back to Ames still needing two sacks and frankly wasn’t much of a factor. OTOH, TEXAS would rush for 191 yards and 4.4 per carry. Ewers was not pressured consistently either. On the flip side, the TEXAS D held ISU’s rush game to 2.6 yards per carry and was a major factor in the outcome. Steve Sarkisian arrived at TEXAS coming off a National Title at Alabama where he earned the Frank Broyles award for his contributions as their offensive coordinator. Last year raised tremendous questions about his ability to be a head coach including 4 double digit leads blown in the 2nd half of games on the way to a 6 game losing streak. He would finish with a 5-7 record, the worst for a 1st year TEXAS head coach in our history. Demons exercised, for now. Setting up the coaching challenge, can Sark go from the lows of the Tech loss to the high of the Red River War rout and have the Horns ready to play against a well-coached team? Now let’s make this worse, your young QB who seemed to be playing far beyond his experience was miss firing pretty badly. Quinn Ewers came back to earth this week to follow up on his BigXII Newcomer of the Week performance vs OU. All part of the growth and maturation of a young player. #1 positive for Sark, despite the Horns losing a lead in the 2nd half, they found a way to come back and win the game. So Sark can check off two demons, keeping his players from eating the cheese (well winning despite some cheese eating) and exercising the 2nd half, lost lead bug-a-boo. Next week’s challenge, a win vs a quality opponent on the road. If TEXAS wants to play for the BigXII title this year, they need to beat a very good Okie Lite team in a very hostile environment on the road. Then TEXAS gets a bye week to get ready for another road trip to KSU Offensive Player of the Game: This one is easy, BiJan with 28 carries for 135 yards (4.8 per) with 4 catches for 36 yards. The biggest his 26 yard reception to the ISU 9 setting up Xavier Worthy’s 2nd TD. Honorable Mention Xavier Worthy, 10 catches for 74 yards and 2 TDs Defensive player of the Game Jaylen Ford In addition to leading the team in tackles, his 1st half endzone INT was a big turning point in the game. His 4th quarter fumble recovery sealed the deal. Honorable Mention Ryan Watts. What you say? Him going out allowed their X man go off for a big day. Our secondary is much worse without him. Hope he’s ready for Okie Lite, we need him. Stats that Matter · 3-4 TEXAS touchdowns in the red zone, they would add a FG as well · 4-20 Penalties by TEXAS for 20 yards. TEXAS is playing much better and not costing itself wins · 13.7 ISU came into the game ranked #8 in the nation for points allowed, TEXAS scored 24. · 43-26 Run to pass mix, expect us to be more balanced vs Okie Lite · 69-13 TEXAS scoring in the 3rd quarter. Only 3 points this week. · 9 TEXAS drives, 3 TDs (2 80 yard drives 1 75) FG FGA 2 punts one downs, average for this team. We need to be better and score on 50% or more of our drives. Special teams We had an up and down night on special teams. Killeen Robinson starts the game off with a blocked punt after the D forces an opening 3 and out. He would take a kickoff out to the 40 only to have it called back due to a penalty. Auburn was 1 for 2 on FGs while Texas Wesleyan portal transfer Daniel Trejo averaged 36 yards on punts with 1 pin inside the 20. After some debate this past week, we saw Will Stone kick off to start the game with the ball going around the 3. ISU tried to return, pinning them at their 15. He would do the same thing before half pinning ISU to their 18. ISU would then fair catch 2 Kos and one would go for a touch back. We suspect this is intentional and Stone doing a very good job. We haven’t charted the whole year but it’s clear that Coach Banks and Coach Sark feel our superior athletes can effectively create a negative play to impact the field position game. A fair catch or touchback takes the ball to the 25 so for the game, Will was +17 in field position. Conclusions 1st game of a tough 4 game stretch down, 3 more to go. In some ways, EXACTLY the kind of game TEXAS needed to play and win. Perhaps Sark saw that Quinn wasn’t “on” for the game and leaned heavily on the run game. This is the type of win that comes with a team growing and maturing. Clearly a dramatically better team than last year. We thought the scheme was vanilla by the O, needless to say, BiJan and Roschon answered the run first/run often call very well. Props to the D, especially the DL. We were concerned TEXAS did not put the game away early. Particularly blocking a punt in the shadow of their endzone only to come away with no points. ISU is the best D we’ve faced since Bama On Deck Okie Lite. A team that looks a good deal like TEXAS on both offense and defense. They will feature another dual threat QB in Spenser Sanders, likely the #1 QB in the BigXII today, which causes TEXAS problems (well dual threats cause everyone problems). Okie Lite can both run and pass well. You beat them by attacking their secondary. Sark and the team need to learn to win on the road, so far only 1 road trip this year. This will be the biggest conference game of the year for TEXAS and make no mistake, this will be a very hostile environment. We’re expecting a shoot out, hope we see more of the dirt bugler game plan by our offense. Fighting Mack Brown’s We missed the Fighting Mack’s last week, bit too excited about the Red River War outcome but no excuses. What an improbable win. UNC pulls it out late adding to another GREAT day of CFB. Game would not have been close except for Mack’s hiring of Gene Chizik whose defense was a sieve. Only 3-0 team in his division so they control their shot at the ACC title game and already bowl eligible. Amazing day in College Football. We remain convinced that College Football is the greatest sport in America. And what an early fall day it was, check out these amazing games: · TEXAS coming back in the 4th to beat ISU · TCU coming back from 2 scores down to beat #7 ranked Okie Lite in double OT. TCU tied it up thanks in part to the play of former TEXAS TE Jared Wiley. · Tenn knocking off Alabama for the 1st time in the last 15 tries with a no time left on the clock FG · Former TEXAS QB Camron Rising lead Utah to 2 4th quarter TDs and a go ahead 2 point conversion with 14 seconds on the clock to beat previously unbeaten USC. · Michigan DESTROYED Pedophile State. We don’t like PSU · Really good day to gorge on CFB. Note We were asked this week about our process for writing this. We have watched none of the post game shows (other than just highlights) nor do we read anyone else’s breakdowns or thoughts on the game. 100% ours for better or worse. We do this because we enjoy it and seems more than a few others enjoy the takes of the average fan, thus from the Cheap Seats. Ranking the BigXII #1 TCU 6-0/3-0 with an improbable comeback against Okie Lite and aided by TEXAS transfer Jared Wiley’s late TD, TCU moves to class of of the BigXII. TCU now has a game to give but set themselves up for half the CCG. Still a great deal of football to play. They should move into the Top 10 this week. #2 KSU 5-1/3-0 Unbeaten in conference On the bye this week. TEXAS sees them after Okie Lite but with the bye to get ready #3 TEXAS 5-2/3-1 Facing a better than their record ISU, TEXAS/Sark exercises some demons. Gritty win. TEXAS matches last year’s win total with 5 games to go. The road grows harder from here with the Top 3 BigXII teams on deck. Bye comes at a good time. #4 Okie Lite 5-1/2-1 Seen it for years, Gundy blew it in the 4th quarter. With a touchdown lead, looking for a FG at around 6 minutes and looking to run clock, he calls 3 straight passes. Yep, you guessed it 3 straight incompletions. Separation has begun in the BigXII, above is the class of the conference, below, not so much. the next 6 teams all have at least 2 losses. #5 Jayhawks 5-2/2-2 Reality setting in but KU most likely going bowling. #6a Baylor 3-3/1-2 Can they win 3 more to go bowling? 6b TT 3-3/1-2 Can they win 3 more to go bowling? 6c Dirt burglers 4-3/1-3 Playing for their best bowl bid 6d WVU 3-3/1-2 Can they win 3 more to go bowling? 10 ISU 3-4/0-4 Can they win 3 more to go bowling? Way to early playoff votes #1 Georgia #2 tOSU #3 Clemson #4 Michigan Just a bit outside #5 UCLA USC/UCLA could determine the South winner #6 Tenn Cocktail party may determine the East winner #7 Bama Controls their destiny to the SEC title game but not sure they win out. Are we seeing a changing of the guard? # 8 USC Need to win the South and the PAC to have a chance Highlights
  12. Enquiring minds want to know. Nothing better than over ranked land thieves and ACES, plummeting down the polls as each week goes by. For the record OU started #9 and ACES started #6. Neither should be ranked this week.

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