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  1. So our opinion, this was not a WOW draft where really good players/star players fell to the Cowboys. Not much sizzle in this draft for Dallas but lots of good steak. No CeeDee Lamb/Trevon Diggs falling our way this year. In fact Dallas would see reported targets constantly come off the board just before they were on the clock. We see this as a solid draft where Dallas landed guys who fit their needs. B to B- as a grade only in that they did not land any obvious stars but they did land 2-4 starters down the road. The indented write ups from NFL.com. Dallas stuck to finding highly athletic kids but really went away from their normal drafting pattern of avoiding the small school guys. Clearly Dallas was focused more on the player's traits. PS, rumors fly that Tristen Hill is on the trading block, especially with the pick of Ridgeway in the 5th. Round 1 #24 Tyler Smith OG/OT On the plus side, kid (only 21) has great size, intelligence (30 wunderlick) and athletic ability. Absolute road grader in the run game and plays with a nasty streak. Not as strong in pass pro but will be moving inside for year's 1 and likely 2. Biggest need for Dallas in the draft. Jerry/Stephen Jones thinks he can kick out to OT eventually. My #4 favorite pick of this draft for Da Boys On the negative side, Smith tends to "catch" defenders instead of exploding into them and draws too many penalties. Look for him to push Conner McGovern week 1 as our starter at LG. With the UND OT in the 5th, Dallas has gotten bigger and nastier along the OL with this draft. Ferguson the TE fits this mold as well. Power merchant who plays the game with a field demeanor that can work in his favor on one play and against him on the next snap. Smith is able to displace defenders as a run blocker despite lacking proper hand usage for leverage. He's explosive and athletic but struggles to sustain and finish what he starts. He's too quick to discard any semblance of technique in favor of bear-hugging the opponent and drawing a penalty. A move from tackle to guard would allow teams to feature his downhill power in the rushing attack while reducing exposure in pass protection. The holes in his game can all be filled if he accepts coaching and brings it to the field on Sundays. There is some bust potential present, but the ceiling could draw a team to him on Day 2 of the draft. Round 2 #56 Sam Williams DE #1 reason he fell into the 2nd round was a domestic violence arrest so a bit of a character issue. Dallas believes in their system and has enjoyed some success turning around some of these "problem children" around. Top pick of the draft (IMHO) for Da Boys. Marcus Spears LOVES this pick too. As we said at the time, Randy did us a favor by rejecting Dallas' larger contract. Williams was considered an elite junior college prospect after earning first-team JUCO All-American honors at Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2018 (28.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks). His pass rush skills translated to the SEC in 2019, as the Montgomery, Alabama, native led the Rebels with six sacks among his 37 total tackles (9.5 for loss). He also intercepted a pass and forced a fumble in 12 appearances (eight starts). Williams was suspended from the team in July 2020 after he was charged with sexual battery. He was reinstated to the team in September of that year after the charge was dropped. He started six of 10 games played in 2020, posting 39 tackles, eight for loss with a team-high four sacks on the year. Williams garnered 2021 third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC honors by ranking fifth in the FBS with a school-record 12.5 sacks (among 57 total tackles, 16 for loss) and tying for 10th in the country with four forced fumbles in 13 starts. -- by Chad Reuter NFL.com Round 3 #88 Jalen Tolbert WR South Alabama Make no mistake, big runs on WRs this year. Dallas missed on their top targets though they did land a kid they liked who will be a plus WR for them and has WR2 potential. This was the Cheap Seats 2nd favorite pick. Silky smooth athlete who has morphed into a monster over the last two seasons. Tolbert is a high-character prospect with skill elements that are dripping with NFL potential. He gave work to everyone he faced, including SEC cover corners at Tennessee. His three-sport background offers unique perspective to pull from at his position, and his route-running gives him a leg up in camp battles early on. His traits, talent and production should push him up the board, and dialing up the competitive spirit could turn him into a top-flight WR2. Round 4 #129 Jake Ferguson TE Whiskey Baltimore traded up to #128 to take Charlie Kolar so one might speculate that is who Dallas really wanted but Jake was on Dallas' radar too. He's a solid TE who will move into the TE2 roll rather quickly. He is a good pass catcher and blocker. Face it, Whiskey does a great job with OLs and TEs. We'll rank him as our #5 favorite pick of this draft Durable, reliable and consistent, Ferguson comes from a football family. He had copy-and-paste receiving production throughout his career despite playing in a limited passing attack with inconsistent quarterback play. He has outstanding ball skills, including a rare level of concentration to make challenging catches in the face of oncoming collisions. While he gives effort as a blocker, he wasn't a great fit for what Wisconsin asks of their tight ends in the running game and he's likely to be overmatched if asked to take on defensive ends in the NFL. He is a solid receiver and a below-average blocker with TE2/3 potential. Round 5 #155 Matt Waletzko OT Rumblings from the talking heads, this was very good value in the 5th. #9 ranked (of 1200) OT's test this year for athletic ability. Clearly a developmental type. This was Dallas' pick from the Amari Cooper trade with Cleveland Skyscraping FCS tackle with tremendous length but there are too many holes in the physical profile to project NFL success at this stage. Waletzko's length and upper-body power are traits that teams will want to cultivate, but his pad-level issues and average foot quickness are limitations that could be difficult to work around. The run blocking should improve with more experience and coaching but his habit of leaning in pass protection reflects core strength concerns. If his pass posture isn't fixed as a right tackle prospect, power rushers will eat him up. Round 5 #167 Deron Bland CB Fresno State Very athletic CB with excellent size. Coaches like him a good deal. Likely biggest contributions in Year 1 are on Special Teams. Dane Brugler says he "smothers receivers" and had mocked Bland to Dallas. There's plenty to like about Bland's physical traits and potential but holes in both man and zone coverage could create some doubt about his future success. Bland lacks coverage fluidity but his physical cover style should work in his favor if he can play with better discipline. He could be a zone corner fit and has the physical tools for safety consideration if he can charge up his tackle toughness. Round 5 #176 Comp pick Damone Clark LB LSU This is a 2nd/3rd round talent but had surgery and is not available till Nov this year at the earliest. If you are going to gamble on injury, better 5th round than 2nd. Full recovery is expected. Brian Broaddus (former Cowboy & NFL scout) loved the pick and his play. Loved the line "there is some violence to his game". Sideline to sideline player. Large LB who moves well. Top 100 talent Long, well-built inside linebacker packed into an athletic frame. Athleticism, toughness and tackling talent helped Clark piled up production in 2021 despite a lack of game-to-game consistency. Play recognition and instincts are erratic and could continue to be, but his game against Alabama should be weighed more heavily in his favor, as it shows what he's capable of against bigger, better opponents. Clark profiles as an early backup and special teams performer with projectable upside in the middle. However, the spinal fusion surgery he underwent in March is likely to sideline him for the 2022 season and could cause him to drop lower than his tools warrant on draft day. Round 5 #178 Comp pick John Ridgeway DT Pigs For only the 2nd time since buying the team, Jerry nabs an Arkansas player. More of a 2 Tech/NT type. Another Top 100 talent. This is an outstanding pick in the 5th round and our #5 pick of this draft for Dallas, again IMHO. He is a guy who "plays with an edge" very much an old school style DT. Very much one of our mock draft pet cats. Our #3 favorite pick of the draft College nose tackle with the size and length for consideration along the interior or as an odd front defensive end. Ridgeway is more wrestler than gap-eater when taking on blocks as a nose. He's likely to be coveted by traits-based evaluators eager to develop the physical ingredients into a more polished product. While most of his experience has come at nose tackle, the sum of his parts might make more sense as a 3-4 defensive end, where his long arms and natural power would become more beneficial as an edge-setter. Regardless of position, he won't offer much help as a pass rusher, so rotational lineman with upside is likely to become his tag as a Day 3 prospect. Round 6 #163 Devin Harper LB Okie Lite A player Dallas did not want to fight for in UDFA. Very athletic. Would have like Marquese Bell (S) better here but this is another player who will be an instant Special Team contributor and could grow into a regular player. Harper is a 4-3 Will linebacker candidate whose strong athletic traits could outweigh his lack of starting experience for some teams. His pursuit of the ball is bolstered by his speed and agility, providing him with NFL-caliber range. However, his lack of instincts and play recognition will require a much-needed upgrade. Harper's special teams potential could give him a chance to make a practice squad.
  2. Call me around signing day in Dec. . . .
  3. Yes, Poorly written on my part. The wins/losses/toss ups are for TEXAS. I graduated from UTSA, thus the source of the commentary Thanks for the comments and reading my passion project.
  4. View from the Cheap Seats-Spring Game So full disclosure, more a very controlled scrimmage than an actual game. And never forget, spring games are largely zero sum games. If the offense looks good, that then highlights potential problems with the D and vice versa. What we often can glean is insight into specific players and this spring game was very interesting from that standpoint. Clearly the #1 concern for most is the QB race. Spoiler alert, All World wunderkid Quinn Ewers is QB1 for TEXAS in 2022. Sark is being polite (and smart) claiming Card has a shot but that ship sailed the day Ewers committed. Barring Ewers completely melting down or injury of course. Sorry not sorry if we are bursting any bubbles or providing any spoilers. Still, Card will spend 2022 as QB2 and is one heart beat away from taking the reins. Both QBs had their moments, just based on this performance, neither took the job. Ewers had some great completions (the best likely a pass to J Sanders with a defender in his face) but an ugly/never should have been thrown INT. Card has a very nice arm and is more a threat in the running game than Ewers. He recorded some nice completions as well So other than seeing some specific players in action, we will learn little to nothing from the Spring Game though ANY chance to see the Horns on the field is a great excuse to write a Cheap Seats. Will start focusing on players who stood out to us, our view of Sark and 2022 then break down our thoughts on the offensive position groups. Honestly, the D is such a question mark right now, not sure we’ll know much until we are deeper into the season. They gotta be better than last year but will they be good enough to keep an offense that will score lots points from winning? And if it starts rough, how long does Sark wait to turn it over to Gary Patterson? Top players Biggest head turner to the Cheap Seats was Isaiah Neyor who showed why he was so highly touted as a transfer kid. Recorded the 1st catch of the game where he caught a pass in the flat and juked a DB for a 17 yard gain. He also would record a beautiful slant TD from Ewers. A very lightly recruited 2 star coming out of Ft Worth (boy did Rivals miss on this one), he showed he has serious game. He would be our Offensive Player of the Game. Roschon Johnson- Stop us if you have heard this before but the young man is simply a beast. Biggest play was a 55 yard run for a TD through the middle of the D. As we said, often a zero sum game. Enjoy him now, this senior will be drawing an NFL paycheck this time next year. Xavier Worthy-Picking up where he left off as the top freshman WR in TEXAS history, he showed why he’s on the Biletnikoff watch list as a soph. Our WR group looks stout. Keilen Robinson-Another Bama transfer who showed a few flashes last year, showed off his speed in the spring game. Johnathan Brooks-Not to be outdone by his fellow RBs, JB opened with a nice 20 yard run. RB room is loaded. Mo Blackwell-on a day where it was really hard to judge defensive play, this LB now converted to Safety made 3 BIG plays. Huge hit on Xaiver along the sidelines, big stop of J Sanders after a catch then a 3rd and goal stuff in the backfield of a RB. We confess, Mo was a pet cat of the Cheap Seats when he was recruited. 1st team OL-they looked good against the 1st team D. True freshman Cole Hutson started at right guard, Soph Hayden Conner at LT with Senior Junior Angilua at left guard, Soph Majors at Center and Senior Christian Jones at RT. Soph Andrej Karic was held out. Thoughts on the upcoming season In the history of TEXAS football, only 3 Head Coaches have losing seasons. Jack Chevigney of Norte Dame fame. We would lose him on Iwo Jima in World War II, Charlie “CFS” Strong who rivaled Johnny Makovic as the worst head coach in my lifetime (though Johnny Mon gave TEXAS some great moments including the 1st BigXII title in the new league’s history) and Sark. Sark needs to go 7-5 to have a career .500 record at TEXAS. Someone else said, Sark’s an easy guy to like and cheer for, he is clearly an excellent recruiter and has raised the talent level of the Horns. The #1 question, is he a championship level Head Coach? We know his reputation as an excellent Offensive Coordinator though out biggest concern about him was play calling breakdowns in the 2nd half of 4 of our 6 losses in a row. We held halftime leads in those 4 games, we simply could not sustain drives to close out the games. Yes, the defense shares in some of that blame but when you stop running plays that work, when your best players are 2 outstanding RBs and a 3rd “change of pace type and you cannot get them into a position to succeed, questions are raised. Not to belabor a year we'd like to forget but vs OU outscored 35-10 in 2nd half 3 of 6 non scoring 2nd half drives were 3 and outs. Sustain drives and we win OSU outscored 19-7 in the 2nd half, 6 of 7 drives 4 and out Baylor outscored 21-10, 2 of 5 drives 3 and outs/turnovers It has been said, the last time the “culture” on the 40 was changed was 2004 with the arrival of Greg Robinson and Dick Tomey. Gene Chizik got the ring but those two changed the culture. Can Sark bring about that level of change? Barring another 5-7 season, this recruiting class gives him 2023 for sure. But TEXAS needs to show year over year improvement. And one key recruitment left and he could seriously impact the play of the D in 2022, Ochaun Mathis. TEXAS needs a Joseph Ossai level disruptor and OM can be that guy who makes everyone around him better. We see this season as 8-4. Way too early projections: La-Monroe Win Bama LOSS UTSA, the mighty Road Runners Win @TT Win but it’s in Lubbock WVU Win OU Toss up ISU Win as they lost a ton @OSU LOSS They are likely the conference favorite pre season @KSU Win TCU Toss up @Kansas Win Baylor Toss Up/leaning loss Oddly scheduled as a Sat game so T+1 maybe over Offensive Position Group breakdown QBs Well we have loads of talent. The most talent om the QB room since the VY days? Possibly though very little experience. Ewers, Card Maalik Murray and Charles Wright, simply the greatest name in TEXAS football history, make for a nice 4 headed QB room with walk on Ben Ballard. Charles Wright appears to be QB3 this year as he was the 3rd QB off the bench. We assume MM shirts. And do we land a Manning for 2023? RBs The most loaded position for the Longhorns in 2022 highlighted by Heisman candidate BiJion Robinson, backed up by Roschon Johnson who would start for every other team in the BigXII save KSU. RB1 & RB2 likely in their last season in Burnt Orange. The spring game featured the future at the position. Keileen Robinson, Jonathan Brooks and Jayden Blue. KR is EXPLOSIVE and Jonathan Brooks off for 20 on his 1st carry. WR Arguably the 2nd most loaded position group on the team lead by Belitnikoff candidate Soph Xavier Worthy. Marcus Washington has had an excellent spring but is in a serious battle for his spot with portal transfer Isaiah Neyor, one of the top portal recruits available. They are joined by slot receiver Jordan “if he can stay healthy then he’s a star” Whittington. Neyor with the 1st catch of the spring game and he showed why he was so coveted. Juked a DB to gain 17 off a pass to the flat. Nor would that be his last grab. There is also a unicorn on the team and rumors are that Troy Omeire may or may not be available in the fall. TE This is one of the more interesting stories coming out of spring drills. The position is wide open this year with the departure of Cade Brewer and transfer of Jared Wiley. Reports are that Ja’Tavion Sanders has shown his star potential this spring and that Bama transfer Jaheel Billingsley is quickly learning the system. Both could be weapons in the passing game and both had catches in the spring game. Sark has used TEs heavily in the past but last year our 3 TEs combined for just 32 catches. Juan Davis is the only returning TE to record a catch and he only had 1. He and Gunnar Helm back up SJ & JB and give the Horns a very athletic TE room. OL Now we come to the biggest question mark on the offense. The good news, there is an abundance of talent arriving on campus. Bad news, ZERO experience comes with them. We have 7 inbound OLs, we are predicting that 2 of them are starters by the Red River War and that 3 more are solidly in the 2 deep this year. Growing pains ahead for sure but in 2023 and 2024 we should see serious dividends. Hope you enjoyed our takes, 5 months till real football. Spring game highlights
  5. Hope not And it looks like Cook (best DB) and DO (only playmaker) are back along with Jaminson who's a great return guy. Expanded my "solutions" section: Step #1 Close out this recruiting class well. Class sits at #8 right now with 5 ships to go (assuming we take 25 in 2022) Mack/UNC likely pass us as does Oregon based on numbers they can add. But we can pass both Pedophile State (already at 25) and ND. Finishing with a Top 10 class is a win. Rumors abound about 1-2 silent OL commits, we need them. Have a couple others we need to reel in. Word from the current recruits is that they are buying into the idea of being part of turning TEXAS around. Sark needs this in the worst way. So bad news, down 2 to 1 on flips this week. Lost the RB Miller to Bama and WR Winfield to possibly Sparty. On the plus side, TCU's Guilbeau (DB) flipped back to us. All 4 star talents. Miller is a big loss but not worried about Drayton recruiting RBs, (sorry, edit the comment on Winfield, meant Stewart, my bad), The flips hurt but the DB is a big need. Needs some recruiting wins. Not worried about only taking 1 QB, Malik is going to be really good for us and the kid just lead his team to the state title after starting teh season poorly. Step #2 Sark needs to hit the portal HARD. In a perfect world, we need 2 starting OLs. Sad truth, we need a QB who can step onto campus and play. The hype around Card and the comparisons to Aaron Rodgers did him no favors. We're big Casey fans, we know he played through injury but he's up and down. Another WR would be nicel Best sale he has, playing time. Use that pitch Step #3 Sark needs to do a deep and honest evaluation of the staff. TEXAS and her players have endured 3 HCs, 5 OCs, 4 DCs (5?) over the past 8 seasons. WAY too much turnover, way too little consistency. Sark has to know if what he is doing works and if not, change it NOW. This includes the S&C program. Too hard to see from the Cheap Seats if that is a plus or a minus. The way we play in the 4th quarter (save this game) seems to say minus but we'll defer to the experts. Rumors fly of Gary Patterson (defensive and development genius) involved in some role. And the call I'm making if I'm Sark, Jimmy Lake is on the market. He and Coach PK made a great team, get the band back together. Rumors are we lose Terry Joseph to LSU, sucks from a recruiting stand point but the plus, opens a coaching hole on the staff. A word about scheme. We lost games we should not have lost because we "turtled up" our play calling in the 2nd half of games and failed to sustain drives. This team cannot lean on the D to win games, we need the offense to win time of possession battles. We also rely too heavily on a 2 TE look (because we like to run the ball, nothing wrong with that) but we used TEs who were not great blockers nor did we use the TEs in teh passing game. Use a 6th OL as one TE and run some plays to feature the TE. Wiley is a size speed mismatch problem but he was largely un-utilized, 9 catches all year, 6 vs Kansas where he was very effective. Just a couple ideas but we self limited our offense. Step #4 Sark needs to go through the locker room and "allow the players who aren't buying in" move on. If we only wind up with 80 players on ship, so be it but get the CANCERS OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM. He talked about a turnover of 33 players. Don't stop there if you need to. If we are being honest, there were a lot of players who did not 'buy in'. That's fine, let them find greener pastures in the portal. Step #5 We are concerned about reports that Sark does not do a good job of connecting with players. We are strong believers that coaches need to be authentic. If you are a yeller, don't try to be a "nice guy" or vice versa, players see through it. You go with your style but it doesn't mean you can't make your style better.
  6. View from the Cheap Seats-KSU Winning damn sure better than losing Winning damn sure better than losing. Roshon Johnson showed us BEAST MODE as he basically put this TEXAS team on his back and rushed his way to a career day. He even completed his 1st pass of the season, a 2 yard gain. This was the type of "leave everything on the field" attitude we have seen entirely too seldom this year outside of BiJan and Mr Freshman Xaiver Worthy. We also saw Sark do something long overdue. After KSU's QB (Will Howard) gashed TEXAS for a 71 yard TD run, Sark benched some players who showed a "lack of effort". Not surprisingly, one of those a player infamous for walking out on the team of halftime during a game last year. Oddly, without one of the highest rated kids on the D side, the defensive play stepped up rather dramatically. We didn't count the number of times Roshon ran out of the wildcat, but it was a bunch. We did count his results. 31 carries for 179 yards and a TD, 5.8 per. Worth mentioning that Xaiver Worthy came in just short of 1000 yards on the year with the TEXAS freshman TD record in his pocket and needing 1 more to tie Jordan Shipley from 2009. Sadly he went up high for a long reception, came down awkwardly and played sparingly after that. Young man has an exciting future at TEXAS. Not to be outdone by Roshon's amazing efforts, the D pitched a shut out in the 2nd half for only the 2nd time this year, the other our game with Rice. This lead to TEXAS outscoring a team in the 2nd half, again for the 1st time since Rice, helping Sark end his 0-23 record when trailing at half. 1-24 now, long way to go but the journey of 1000 miles begins with the 1st step. Of course the MVP of the TEXAS D goes to KSU QB Skyler Thompson who missed the game with injury. Skyler is a really good QB. With him in the game, we're not sure the outcome is the same but in fairness, TEXAS countered without their top 2 tacklers on D so end of the day, you dance with those that brung ya. The defensive effort was highlighted by two critical 4th and very short stops to go with a 4 and out and two 3 and outs, all forcing punts on KSU's 5 2nd half drives. Grateful for the win or TEXAS would be tied for the longest current losing streak in Power 5 football. Also, grateful the Seniors can go out with a win. Sark mentioned some of them on their 3rd Head Coach. No excuses, this season is a failure. Before we get into the 2022 portion of our program, let's recognize those Seniors, especially those earning All BigXII Academic Honors. Tope Imade Ryan Bujcevski Derrek Kersetter, Denzel Okafor Skyler Bonneau Cade Brewer (4 catches on the day) Dicker the Kicker Justin Mader and GAbriel Watson. We'd also like to mention a play we have not seen run all year but it could have been really useful in the 2nd half of several games this year. 2nd and 14 following a negative play, obvious passing down. Wiley (TE, yeah, we forget what those are too) lined up on the left, chips the DE rushing hard then releases. Casey hits him quickly for 19 yards. GREAT play call, type that takes advantage of a hard rush to a player with some ability. Why it took 12 games to see it, beyond us. If you are going to run 12 (1 RB 2 TEs) and not use our TEs in the passing game, replace a TE with an OL, we are a run first team afterall. Make no mistake, this season was worse than CFS abysmal 5-7 year. Noway to spin 2021 as anything but failure. We held leads in the 4th quarter of 5 games, choked every time. This 6 game losing streak the worst since 1956 and this year the worst year of any 1st year TEXAS coach. Sark has left himself with no mulligans going forward. Though as long as he makes a bowl game in 2022, he's here for 2 more seasons. We just wonder if we are looking for yet another HC at Thanksgiving of 2023? We hope not. We hope Sark does some hard internal reviews and make some tough calls. Coach PK came to town with a great rep but this was one of the worst D's in TEXAS football history. Wrong guys? Wrong scheme? Some combination. Even an average defense has us debating what bowl we attend this year. The other key to 2022, can Sark close out with a good recruiting class and can he find 2-3 starting OLs in the portal. Oh don't look now but there is no assurance the 2022 QB is on the roster today. Had only Herman been able to keep Cameron Rising who is playing very well at Utah right now and has a decent shot at leading them to the Pac 12 title. So the season is over. . . ..OR IS IT? There is a chance that there are not enough 6-6 teams to fill all the bowl slots so TEXAS might get an invite. Our dream scenario is the Armed Forces Bowl in Ft Worth vs Air Force or Army. They choose 7th on the BigXII bowl list. Yes, we have heard people say "let it be done". This is a young team and the young pups need reps. Granted, this is a long shot but if we can get extra practice, we need it. Offensive player of the Game Roshon Johnson doing his beast mode imitation Offensive Player of the season BiJan Robinson Honorable Mention Xaiver Worthy. Best Freshman WR in TEXAS history Defensive Player of the Game Moro Ojomo/Keondre Coburn Each with 4th down stops in the 4th quarter to preserve victory Defensive Player of the Season DeMarvion Overshown Stats that Matter 8/16 TEXAS on 3rd down. Loved the way we moved the chains 1/9 KSU on 3rd down. Impressive effort by the D 18-24-1 Casey with a respectable day but the INT badly underthrown 2-15 Penalties on TEXAS. Cleanest game of the season +7 7 minute time of possession advantage much in the 2nd half 5-7 Sadly, no way to spin worst performance by a 1st year HC in TEXAS football history Onto 2022 and how do we fix it. #1 thing we need to see, close out this recruiting class well. Rumors abound about 1-2 silent OL commits, we need them. Have a couple others we need to reel in. Word from the current recruits is that they are buying into the idea of being part of turning TEXAS around. Sark needs this in the worst way. So bad news, down 2 to 1 on flips this week. Lost the RB Miller to Bama and WR Winfield to possibly Sparty. On the plus side, TCU's Guilbeau (DB) flipped back to us. All 4 star talents. Miller is a big loss but not worried about Drayton recruiting RBs, inside scoop on Winfield (level 2) problem child, he plays 2 blocks north of us, well until he was effectively tossed off the team. Gladly trade the DB for the WR. #2 Sark needs to hit the portal HARD. In a perfect world, we need 2 starting OLs. Sad truth, we need a QB who can step onto campus and play. The hype around Card and the comparisons to Aaron Rodgers did him no favors. We're big Casey fans, we know he played through injury but he's up and down. Another WR would be nice Best sale he has, playing time. Use that pitch #3 Sark needs to do a deep and honest evaluation of the staff. TEXAS and her players have endured 3 HCs, 5 OCs, 4 DCs (5?) over the past 8 seasons. WAY too much turnover, way too little consistency. Sark has to know if what he is doing works and if not, change it NOW. This includes the S&C program. Too hard to see from the Cheap Seats if that is a plus or a minus. The way we play in the 4th quarter (save this game) seems to say minus but we'll defer to the experts. #4 Sark needs to go through the locker room and "allow the players who aren't buying in" move on. If we only wind up with 80 players on ship, so be it but get the CANCERS OUT OF THE LOCKER ROOM. He talked about a turnover of 33 players. Don't stop there if you need to. #5 We are concerned about reports that Sark does not do a good job of connecting with players. We are strong believers that coaches need to be authentic. If you are a yeller, don't try to be a "nice guy" or vice versa, players see through it. You go with your style but it doesn't mean you can't make your style better. Projecting the 2022 starting line up on offense (and this dependent on several players who walked for Senior day coming back which was rumored) QB Casey or Portal RB BiJan, this needs to be a BiJan4Heisman season WR Worthy/Washington/Whittington We'll add Troy O when he can get on the field TE Wiley + Davis when we go 12 and hopefully Sanders wakes up and plays DE next year LT Jones or Karic LG Portal or Haden Conner C Majors RG Portal (does Imade have a covid year?) RT Karic or Portal Not even going to try the defense at this point Ranking the BigXII Will update this after Sat's games Our Playoff projections Again, after Sat's games but before the Final rankings
  7. Outside of Jake Majors, WTF would want any of our OL. BiJan is a stand up kid, doubt he portals as it's clear they are making him the featured guy but we need to go all in on a BiJan 4 Heisman season ala Ricky as 2022 will be BR's last year on the 40.
  8. View from the Cheap Seats-WVU The Mighty Sark has struck out In back to back weeks, TEXAS has lost to the worst and 2nd worst teams in the BigXII. One only has to look at a single stat to see why TEXAS lost. These happen to be the 2 worst rushing teams in the BigXII averaging 115 and 146 yards per game respectively. Both went over 200 yards rushing vs the Longhorns. TEXAS is denied getting to 6 wins and bowl eligibility for only the 3rd time this century. And you have to go back to 1956 to find a longer losing streak than our current 6 about to be 7 which lead to the hiring of DKR. One has to wonder if the Mack Brown curse is in full effect. The Cheap Seats took last week off due to the Marine Corps Ball and a trip to Destin for our Squadron (HMM 262 Flying Tigers) reunion. At least that is our excuse as TEXAS "enjoyed" their worst loss in program history. Some might argue the Baylor 50-7 game on a miserable day but a tallest midget argument. While some might say Route 66 or one of the OU games, all of those were losses to good teams. Kansas and WVU were ranked at the bottom of the BigXII before they beat TEXAS. We're not going to spend much time on this game, we got whipped on both sides of the ball. Our WRs had at least 4 drops, sadly everyone would have been a 1st down. Our defense was GASHED by another poor rushing team spot lighted by missed tackles and missed assignments. This season has officially circled the drain. Keep Sark, Dump Sark? Biggest question going. Did we hire the wrong guy? If you think so, let us know who you take. We believe Sark has at least 2 more seasons barring a repeat of 2021 in 2022. And this team is a mess. While we had some great recruiting classes in the past, so far we have lost right at half of 2018 and 2019. Breaking it down 2018 featured 18 4 star ranked guys, 11 of them no longer on the team. The guy we REALLY miss is Cameron Rising who is playing well at Utah. We have 2-3 more wins with Rising at the helm. 2019 saw 16 4 star guys, 9 of them gone. Those guys should be the core of this year's team. BTW, only recruited 12 4 or 5 star guys in 2020 but the good news is, we have only lost 1 or 2. So while we have certainly lost talent, we are not devoid of talent. From that list, the biggest disappointment is the big ugglies (on both sides) who we have failed to develop. Coach Flood, time to get to work. So how does Sark turn things around in 2022? Sark has already talking about a 33 player turnover. Rumors have floated that number may go as high as 40. We're not sure the rules but frankly, this team needs players who buy into these coaches systems. If you aren't rowing the boat with us, C Ya. . .wouldn't want to B Ya. Time to clean out the cupboard. Our step by step approach to the off season #1 thing we suggest, take a page out of Dave Aranda's book or Michigan state's book and hit the portal hard. Michigan State found a Heisman candidate in the portal. Baylor found 2 starting OLs. TEXAS needs help at several spots but none more glaring than OL. Frankly outside of Jake Majors, would not hurt our feelings to get 4 new OLs. Flood has too strong a reputation to think he cannot develop OLs. #2 this team lacks pass rush. Good lord we made a back up QB and one of the weakest QBs in the league look good the past 2 weeks because we cannot pressure. Be it scheme, portal and/or development, we simply have to be stronger up front. #3 Portal a QB. Sorry, we did Card no favors comparing him to Aaron Rodgers. Now he had one beautiful pass today, he had too many that weren't even close. Maybe he needs at least one more offseason but right now we do not have a QB1 going into 2022. #4 Sark and PK badly need to self evaluate. They both seem way too rigid and stuck to "their systems". Great coaches adapt their systems to their players talent. See Greg Davis. He ran 3 very distinct offenses at TEXAS (power running with Ricky, WCO with Major/Simms and read option with Vince) and very much morphed the VY system to fit Colt. Would not hurt our feelings if part of that tweak was involving our TEs in the offense. #5 Hold onto this recruiting class and land 2-4 more of the studs we're chasing. #6 Strong evaluation of the current coaching staff. PK has done the poorest but we're changing COs too often. We'd jump all over Samples from SMU as our WR coach and if we can upgrade elsewhere, let's do so. This includes the S&C side. #7 TEXAS needs to go all in on a BiJan 4 Heisman campaign in 2022. This helps create excitement around the team, in portal recruiting and in 2023 recruiting. That's the offseason. As fans we need to see if Sark and keep this recruiting class together, add 2-4 more but most importantly for 2022, how he does in the portal. From the portal TEXAS needs 2-4 OLs with at least 2 starters, a QB a LB and a Safety, WR wouldn't hurt our feelings either. Top portal sell especially for OLs, we (as in TEXAS) as he'll be in the show in 2023. Our 2022 objective is to get TEXAS to 8 games and to see BR in NYC at the end of the year. That will show significant improvement from the train wreck that is this season. Stats that matter 1937 Last year a TEXAS HC failed to win at least 6 games in his 1st season. Dana X Bible would go onto the College Football Hall of Fame. 12/20 WVU on 3rd down which included a 3rd and 18 and 3rd and 15. Prior to this week, WVU was worst in the BigXII at 25% 2/10 TEXAS on 3rd down, both conversions came in the 4th quarter. 4-4 WVU red zone scoring chances and scores. 4 TEXAS would open on offense with four drives of 3 and outs 17 WVU would enjoy a 17 minute greater time of possession. Offensive/Defensive player of the game You are joking right? On Deck KSU A well coached team with a strong QB, RB and WR. Just exactly what TEXAS does not need to see. Friday shapes up to be a scary game for the Horns. This team has played with no heart for weeks against a team looking to make a statement against the Horns and upgrade their bowl invite. Today we are NOT a well coached team Mack Brown watch. Won vs a tomato can to become bowl eligible for the 2nd year in Mack's 2nd tenure at UNC. He has UNC heading in the right direction and capped off the week landing the commit of an EsPN 300 WR who was down to UNC and Clemson. While UNC has under achieved this season (or was simply over rated), Mack has UNC on the rise. UTSA Road Runners Former TEXAS assist coach Jeff Traylor secures a spot in his conference title game as UTSA goes to 11-0. Ranked #22 in the CFP poll before they beat UAB. Let's go Roadrunners. Ranking the BigXII #1 Baylor They get the top spot for beating OU but they need OSU to win Bedlam to go to the BigXII CCG #2 OU Win and they are in, lose and they are out #3 OSU Locked up the other half of the CCG based on their win over Baylor regardless of outcome of Bedlam #4 ISU They ate too much of the cheese this offseason and their season wasn't as strong as they hoped but they are in line for a nice bowl game #5 KSU Bowl eligible, they would LOVE to close out their season kicking our asses at DKR #6 TT Based on beating WVU they get the 6 spot, they are already bowl eligible which is important as they may lose out #7 WVU Needs to beat Kansas to go bowling. #8 TCU Not bowl eligible and faces ISU to close out the season. Is Sonny Dykes their next HC??? #9 Kansas Only time this year they did not occupy the 10 spot. But they beat us and to the victor go the spoils #10 TEXAS 6 game losing streak, losing to 2 of the WORST teams in the BigXII in back to back weeks Our Playoff projections (based on how we think it finishes) #1 Georgia Best team in America today #2 tOSU/Mich winner tOSU has improved significantly since losing to Oregon, we expect tOSU to roll Mich #3 Cincy They are pulling hard for Georgia. If Bama pulls the upset, they fill this spot #4 ND Currently #8 in the CFP poll, likely moves to 4 or 5 this week. Just a bit outside Oklahoma as they are only ranked #13 right now. Will be interesting to see how they move up if they can win back to back games vs OSU Bama, their path to playoff is simple, beat Auburn Beat Georgia and they are in.
  9. View from the Cheap Seats-Ames Nightmare 5 star culture meets 5 star players Telling graphic shown during the game, since 2017, TEXAS has recruited 40 4 & 5 star level players. ISU has recruited 4. After last year's win in Austin, All American RB Breece Hall's quote when asked about the difference in the teams, 5 star culture vs 5 star players. Pretty hard to dispute what he said. Ames at night is never an easy place to play. First play of the game said it all, 12 yard gain by BiJian before he coughed the ball up. Have to say, SUPER proud of the D's 1st half efforts. Handed a short field they held ISU to a FG and then shut them out the rest of the half. On ISU's next 6 drives, our D would force 4 punts, a turnover on downs and recover a fumble. But football is a 60 not 30 minute game. 2nd half would see the D return to it's not playing the right gaps, missing tackles and failing to make plays self. And the REALLY bad news, the D wasn't the worst unit on the field last night. That honor goes to a completely inept offense save one great drive. Though it was really a tale of the tallest midget. This is NOT a very good football team. Keep in mind that the last 4 game losing streak occurred in 2010. . ..UGH BiJain would crack 1000 yards on the season on a very average night for him 18 carries 90 yards 5.0 per. He was completely overshadowed by All American Breece Hall who also cracked 1000 rushing on 141 from 19 carries, 7.2 per. As bad as the loss was, BR left the game twice with injuries. Welp, the Casey Thompson era is over. He was replaced in the 1st quarter. The Cheap Seats were YUGE fans of Casey but it was the right call and it's time to see what Card can do. Sadly the Longhorns are already in "next year" mode. Get the younger players as many reps as possible, try to beat the rest of the bottom of the BigXII teams (Kansas, WVU KSU the last 2 actually solid football teams) and squeek into a bowl game. Spare us the "we shouldn't go to a bowl", this teams needs all the practice reps it can get. It is interesting that the two teams run very similar schemes. The difference, the ISU players execute much better. Now they come with a significant level of experience. Lots of seniors on the field. And it doesn't hurt that Matt Campbell has been there for awhile creating a belief in the program. Perhaps the worst note for TEXAS' future, Sark & Company seriously out coached again. Now to be clear, the Cheap Seats ARE NOT calling for Sark's head. The man has AT LEAST 2 more seasons to get this moving in the right direction but the first thing we need to do is stop digging and we show no signs of that in 2021. We think one of the big problems beside what is not a culture of losing, is a lack of consistency. If we were ranking staffs around the BigXII, we'd have OU, OSU, ISU, Baylor, KSU (if they ever get some talent, watch out) all ahead of TEXAS, all programs (save OU) doing more with less. OU doing more with more. No one knows what TCU or TT's staff will look like in 2022 at this point while Kansas works hard to prove they are a basketball school. The biggest plus recruiting is that legitimately there is not one roster spot secure for 2022 so we can sell playing time. OK, BiJian is safe so 21 of 22. TEXAS needs play makers. Some said we should have retained Chris Ash. Maybe but he would need to bring Joseph Ossai back or this D isn't much different. Hopefully Sark hits the portal hard to find some talented OLs to patch the weakest unit on the team. This recruiting class and off season, the most important in the last decade at TEXAS. On offense, ISU had these amazing players called Tight Ends, and they used them in the passing game. It was amazing. Not sure why we don't use them at TEXAS cuz we know the TE room has lots of bodies We wanted to highlight the player who delivered TEXAS sole score of the night, Xaiver Worthy. He called out his teammates this week by talking about getting everyone to play hard. True Freshman, 100% a Sark guy. This team needs leaders and nothing more powerful than peer pressure. Player of the Game Just one this week, Dicker the Kicker with 2 punts downed inside the 5. He was our best weapon. Stats that matter 6 TEXAS offensive yards in the 3rd quarter 0 Offensive points in the 2nd half 10 Of 15 drives, 10 finished 3 and out or less, 207 Lowest offensive yardage output since the beatdown ND put on us On Deck TEXAS needs a slump buster in the WORST way and that's what we have on deck this week with the worst team in teh BigXII, Kansas. We stated before we love Casey but barring injury or blow out, he should have seen his last snap at TEXAS. Time to build the O around Card, time to give young guys experience. Fighting Mack Brown's UNC came into the season clearly over hyped. They were not a Top 10 quality team. And we have some fans still butt hurt about Mack Brown, several openly cheering UNC under achieving. Down 48-34 to start the 4th quarter, UNC scores 24 in the 4th to upset previously unbeaten Wake Forest in an oddly "non-conference" game. We still think Wake makes the ACC title game but no quit in Mack's Tarheels. His players play hard for him. Ranking the BigXII #1 OU Playoff bound 2nd tier of teams in the hunt for the final CCG spot #2 OSU Must face OU still #3 ISU #4 Baylor enjoys the tie breaker vs OSU. Also must face OU #4 Baylor Has tie breaker on ISU, OU on deck 3rd tier playing for a bowl bid. #5 KSU based on better conference record, bowl eligible #6 TEXAS must win 2 of 3 to go bowling #7 TCU, must win 2 of 3 to go bowling #8 TT must win one of 3 tough games to go bowling #9 WVU must win 2 of 3 to go bowling #10 Kansas basketball season here Too early play off projections We're going to project how we think it finishes not where we are today #1 Georgia, projecting they beat Bama to win the SEC. If Bama wins, both are in and Cincy out. #2 1 Loss B1G winner. We think tOSU today but this will be a wild finish #3 OU Unbeaten OU gets in over once beaten Oregon even if they win the Pac #4 Cincy 1st group of 5 to make the playoffs as long as they finish unbeaten Just a bit outside Oregon needs some help. Yes they beat tOSU. They win out, they could push Cincy as they are #4 today. Keep in mind, Oregon is the ONLY ranked team in the PAC
  10. View From the Cheap Seats-Baylor Trick's on the Longhorns One has to go back to 2016 and CFS' season of ineptitude to find the Longhorns on a 3 game losing streak. Let's make it worse, they have now blown double digit leads in all 3 games. This on their way to finishing October with a 1-3 record, the worst Oct for the Longhorns since 1988 under David McWilliams. Once again the Longhorns found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, this time low lighted by a complete lack of execution on the part of the players. 4 dropped passes, all at critical points of the game and 2 turnovers which were 100% on pass catchers was the difference between victory and defeat. We've been hard on Sark and his playcalling. Coming off a bye he discovered what other teams use regularly, we can actually throw to the TEs. OTOH, any chance of BiJan getting invited to NYC for the Heisman awards were dashed as he had his worst game of his TEXAS career. Baylor basically said, we're taking BiJan out of the game, if you can beat us with Casey and everyone else, go for it. Sadly while Casey was up to the task, his teammates failed him. No other way to say it, players needed to make plays and it was clear Jordan Whittington's absence was deeply missed. Casey wasn't perfect. Pressure kept him from getting his feet set and he missed a wide open Washington in the end zone. He also made a couple of bad reads but he also made play after play to keep the Horns alive. The contrast between Baylor's last 2 coaching hires and TEXAS' last 3 is stark. Art Briles would lead Baylor to 2 Conference titles but a major scandal would lead to his firing. Baylor then hired Matt Rhule from Temple. He would go 1-11 his first year, 7-6 his 2nd and 11-1 in the regular season of his 3rd year to play for the Conference title. He would be hired away by the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. DAve Aranda would be hired from the National Champion LSU TIgers where he was the DC. His 1st year, 2-7 but he finds himself today with a 7-1 record with a well coached team on both sides of the ball. For 2021 Baylor replaced Larry Fedora with Jeff Grimes from BYU. Grimes has done an outstanding job building a very balanced offense. In contrast TEXAS is now on it's 3rd coaching staff since the departure of Mack Brown and none of them have provided real success. Mensa managed a 10 win season with a signature win over the Georgia Bulldogs but failed to win the conference or create an impressive team. We've been harsh on Sark's play calling because he fails to consistently get his best players in a position to succeed. He is clearly focused on running "his" RPO offense regardless of talent. One of the reasons we loved Greg Davis, he fit the scheme to the talent. Despite an OL that is clearly the weak link, Casey is used as a drop back passer, very seldom (think we say it happen once Sat) not rolling out or asked bootleg to avoid the rush. BiJan has not been used in the passing game often despite his success running with the ball in space. Oddly, BiJan's best runs often come off the stretch play but Sark insists on calling inside zones. Kileen Robinson received his weekly token single jet sweep. Perhaps no play highlighted the lack of creativity as the last offensive play of the game. 4th and 10, granted always a tough call but our route tree saw 3 pass catchers within 10 yards of each other. None of them running deep to pull defenders away. We were pleased to see sustained drives in the 2nd half. What TEXAS lacked was pass catchers who could win the 50/50 ball. Sadly, every drop was for a 1st down or TD Likely the #1 thing the Longhorns need to do is not panic, trust in Sark and keep this staff in tact for at least the next 3-4 seasons. Too much turnover, too many bad hires, too little consistency. Having said that, if you offered us a chance to trade staffs with Baylor, we'd have to think about it hard. Yes, that sounds odd given our criticisms of Sark and PK but we think/hope staffs grow with time. They grow and recruit players to fit their scheme. Today as it stands, TEXAS' staff is at best #4 or #5 in the conference. A sad reality. Now on defense, there is one name that is seriously missed. Joseph Ossai skipped his senior year to jump to the show and no one has come remotely close to taking his place. On defense the #1 thing missing is a true "take over the game disruptor". 2017 featured Poona Ford BigXII Defensive lineman of the year, 2018 was Charles Omenihu, Defensive lineman of the year, 2020 we saw an absolute beast in Jospeph Ossai BigXII Defensive player of the year. 2021, we doubt a single Longhorn makes the All Conference 2 deep, maybe DeMarvin Overshawn but the D is sorely missing a playmaker. With this loss, any outside dream of sneaking into the conference title game is gone so next is finding 2 wins in the next 4 games to go bowling. It is time for players and staff to reach down and play for pride. We are in danger of the wheels coming off. Now some of the negative nellies will say "don't go to the bowl" but bowl games are good for 2 extra weeks of practice and this team seriously need as many reps as they can get. So the schedule is ISU, toss up at best, Kansas, they gave OU fits, WVU, just knocked off ISU and KSU T+1. Another big decision looming for Sark. If he's seen enough that Casey is QB1 for 2022, then stay the course. But we really don't know what we have in Card and if he transfers, the QB room is down to CT, the greatest named Longhorn in TEXAS history, a preferred walk on and a true freshman in Malik who is a project at best. If he wants to test Card, Sark needs to find games to get him meaningful reps. And in the next 6 weeks, can Sark keep this recruiting class together as well as landing 2-3 more OLs and a couple more DBs, not to mention a playmaking WR. And hopefully he's got a line on some spring portal candidates. We'd love to see 2 OLs Offensive Player of the Game Casey Thompson 23 of 38 (with 4 drops) 2 TDs and INT (not his fault) 280 yards. Top rusher for the Horns as well at 6.2 a carry Defensive Player of the Game BJ Foster's INT in the 1st quarter got the Horns off to an early lead. Stats that Matter 362 Cameron Dicker became the all time leading scorer for the Horns among kickers. 5 blown 4th quarter leads by the Horns over the past 2 years. WORST in FCS 3 of 14 TEXAS on 3rd down. UGH 3.5/4.7 TEXAS average gain per rush vs Baylor 1-3 Worst Oct record since 1988 under David McWilliams 62-16 Dating back to TCU, how badly the Horns have been outscored in the 4th quarter On Deck ISU at Ames. They dropped their game to WVU this weekend and their season is a disappointment from expectations but hanging a loss on TEXAS would be a nice salve for what ails them. Ames not an easy place to play. They have an outstanding RB, a senior QB and they use their TEs well. TEXAS will face an experienced well coached unit on both sides looking to salvage a signature win. Watch how they use their TEs in the game. Fighting Mack Browns Vs ND, UNC is outmatched and lost by 10. At 4-4, UNC needs 2 more wins to go bowling Ranking the BigXII #1 OU, currently on a 17 game win streak, longest in FCS currently. One day someone will push them out of this spot #2 OSU, Bedlam looms, 2nd spot based on head to head win over Baylor #3 Baylor, need help to get to the CCG #4 ISU, just a nose ahead of #5. Big game for both teams, ISU one game from going bowling #5 TEXAS, in danger of the wheels coming off. Need to win two more to go bowling. #6 KSU same signature win as TEXAS, TCU Needs 1 win to go bowling #7 WVU, #4-#7 can largely be taken in any order, nice win over ISU needs 2 more to go bowling #8 TCU, Needs 3 wins to go bowling, we wager they don't make it. #9 TT, Who is their next HC is the big question for TT but they are 1 win from bowl eligibility #10 Kansas, who cares? Playoff projections. Tues they release the 1st projection officially, today our picks #1 Georgia, they win the SEC, Bama is out. Bama wins the SEC, they are in. #2 Sparty/Buckeye winner #3 OU #4 Cincinnati Obviously assumes all win out Just a bit outside Oregon, they and tOSU win out, how do you measure head to head vs SOS Wake Forest, unbeaten current favorite to win the ACC. Picture getting much clearer for the playoffs.
  11. View from the Cheap Seats Sark Snatches defeat from the Jaws of Victory No other way to say it. In the history of the Red River War, neither team has ever overcome a 21 point deficit, that is until TEXAS took a 21 point lead in the 1st quarter. In a game that saw lots of records set, the Longhorns will be stuck with coulda/shoulda/woulda for another year . This game was a nut kicker/gut punch and Sark faces a huge coaching challenge this week as the Oklahoma State Cowboys come into Austin and they will arrive enjoying a bye week to get ready. Now win or lose, this would be a big coaching challenge but the Horns confidence took a beating on Sat. Can Sark get his young charges ready? It was a tale of two halves. TEXAS jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind a 75 yard pitch and catch to Xavier Worthy on the 1st play of the game. TEXAS D, not to be outdown, bows up and forces OU to punt after a 3 and out and Overshawn blocked the punt giving TEXAS the ball at the 2. TEXAS would take a 38-20 lead into halftime behind three 3 and out drives forced by our defense which included an INT and a Spenser fumble recovered by you guess it Overshown. Casey Thompson looked very good in the 1st half, pitching 3 TD passes OU would get an important TD drive thanks to a horrid missed review where the OU WR ran out of bounds and illegally caught a long 3rd down pass to keep a drive alive. Oddly, that blown call may have been the most significant of the day. One of the marks of great coaching is the ability to make adjustments at halftime to counter what the opposition is doing. No other way to spin this one sports fans, Sark & Company failed badly while dirt his burgler counterparts gave our coaches a lesson on how to make adjustments. After taking a 38-20 leat halftime, TEXAS would be outscored 35-10 in the 2nd half. TEXAS could not sustain drives in the 2nd half nor could it score another touchdown till their last drive of the game. It was a combination of very “turtle like” play calling and the ugly penalty bugaboo rearing it’s ugly head. TEXAS simply could not get ahead of the chains, leaving themselves in 3rd and long regularly in the 2nd half. That’s 2 games now, both loses where Sark has gone away from what created his offensive success. A trend we don’t like Worst loss in RRW history? Interesting point of discussion Despite the pressure on Casey getting worse in the 2nd half, the game plan seemed to be to turn him into a pocket passer and throw deep. In our pre-game keys to victory, two were quick passing to blunt their pass rush and getting BiJan the ball in space as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He would record only 1 reception and it’s clear Sark does not read the Cheap Seats. We also thought this would be a big game for our TEs but they only had 3 receptions. It is clear that our offensive line is not a team strength but to expect them to hold up under pressure and to not counter with better play calling is a major question mark. The good news in the 1st half, we ended any faint hope Rattler had at a Heisman season. The bad news, we made his true freshman back up (who played part of the 2nd quarter and all the 2nd half) look like a star. Note to J Sanders. Pass rushers get drafted much higher and make MILLIONS more in the NFL than TEs and we don’t use TEs anyway. OTOH, we have a deep need for a pass rusher. After a great 1st half of pressuring OU, our D failed to get pressure and effect play from our front 6/7 in the 2nd. TEXAS would win the turnover battle 3-1, scoring 21 points. This is an oddity in that the team winning the turnover battle generally wins the RRW. Of course another long time trend in winning is rushing over 200 yards. OU rushed for 339, most in the 2nd half. Our keys to the loss: · Poor 2nd half play calling by Sark/failure to sustain drives and score TDs · Poor offensive line play · Poor tackling in the 2nd half · OU ran 81 plays to our 61, our defense (really no defense) can hold up to that but ours isn’t the team strength. Now we have seen thread titles where fans are blaming the D. Before you get the pitchforks out, be reminded that on 5 OU drives inside the red zone, the D bowed up and forced 3 FGs. Given our half time lead, that should have been enough. Of course we should have controlled the clock in the 2nd half but we constantly found ourselves behind the chains. We hate going deep on 1st down. We love going deep on 2nd and 2-4, 2nd and short. Anyone who did not realize this D is not the strength of the team is simply not paying attention. Sadly in the 2nd half, the old problem of missed tackles became more pronounced. Glass half empty Potential to be a season wrecking loss. Sark’s honeymoon was a short one, zero margin for error. Glass half full Every team goal still on the table. And win out, guaranteed shot at the conference title, most likely with a RRW re-match Offensive players of the game: Casey Thompson, even without the 75 yard opening play, he still threw for 300+ yards. He also threw 5 TD passes, tying the RRW record (Sam Bradford 2008) and setting the mark for TEXAS QBs. We had said pre-season he had some James Brown in him, he backed that up. Xavier Worthy, after having a “less than sterling” day vs TCU, the young man almost went completely beast mode. 9 receptions, 261 yards and 2 TDs. Top game EVER for a TEXAS freshman WR. He did have a major blunder which was a significant factor in the outcome of the game. 5 yards deep he decided to run back a kickoff which resulted in a fumble. OU would score a TD almost immediately. Have to say, we LOVE the way Sark handled him. Defensive player of the game DeMarvion Overshown Outstanding 1st half which included a punt block, fumble recovery. He would finish the day with 2 TFL and a sack. And largely he was making plays all over the field. Why one should never take Brian Jones seriously, shock jock who doesn’t have a clue. Stats that Matter · 103 Most points scored in the RRW history by both teams · 4 of 12 TEXAS on 3rd down. The most telling stat of the 2nd half · 39 Yards by BiJan in the 2nd half on 8 carries, includes a 33 yarder · 339/129 OU rushing yardage/TEXAS rushing yardage · 5 Touchdown passes by Casey, tied for most in RRW history with Sam Bradford · 90 number of prospect TEXAS had at the game. The good news, every OL has to know he walks on campus as a potential starter On Deck Sark faces a tough task this week. His team just had their guts ripped out. They know they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. He will need to get his team focused on Okie Lite and not let 1 loss become 2. The good news, TEXAS has 100% of it’s season’s goals in front of them. They are better than everyone else on the schedule and they can face OU again in Dallas if they run the table. Plenty to play for. But it all starts Sat. Beat the Pokes, head into a bye week then emerge a week later to face a vastly improved Baylor team. Fighting Mack Brown’s Mack/UNC’s season might be circling the drain after he goes 0-11 vs his alma mater, FSU. With ND, Wake Pitt and UNCst still on the schedule, it’s a crap shoot if Mack can even take the Tarheels bowling. Ranking the BigXII #1 OU, alone on top. Riley now owns Sark. 2nd tier teams, today you can rank in pretty much any order #2 Okie Lite on the strength of their 2-0 confernce record. #3 Baylor Drubbed WVU today #4 TEXAS #5 ISU Bye week 3rd tier all fighting to go bowling #6 KSU bye week CU pounded TT #7 TCU pounded TT #8 WVU pounded by Baylor Mutts # 9 TT back to back beat downs, Matt Wells time in Lubbock circling the drain #10 Kansas Playoff projections #1 Georgia , Georgia looks like the best of the SEC #2 B1G champion Winner of the Iowa vs Mich/tOSU game? Unless PSU pulls an upset along the way #3 OU, sucks to type. #4 SEC runner up as long as they have one loss? 4th spot pretty open right now On the outside looking in: Is this the group of 5 year with Cincy? 1 loss PAC winner? Arizona State or Oregon? Wake unbeaten but still must face Clemson, then likely Pitt in the ACC title game Still a good deal of football to play.
  12. View from the Cheap Seats-Horny Toads (or as DKR said. . . Cockroaches) BEAST MODE Thank the good lord for BiJan Robinson. TEXAS/Sark put the game on his back and he delivered with a career day as TEXAS narrowly escapes Ft Worth with a much needed win. TCU is 2nd only to OU as TEXAS’ biggest bugaboo in the BigXII, the frogs enjoying a 7-2 record over the Horns over the last decade. This was not the same TEXAS team we saw vs a couple of tomato cans. In some ways, this was exactly the game TEXAS needed heading into the Red River War. Classic trap game, on the road with the biggest game of the season the following week against an opponent that can lose every other game of the season but if they beat us, their season a success. And TEXAS (outside of BiJan) played almost as poorly as they did vs the Pigs. Dropped passes, poor execution and penalties not to mention our worst red zone performance of the year turned what should have been a blown out into a nail biter. Having said that and given the struggles we have had against the Frogs, we’ll take the win, ugly as it was. Thank you Stan Drayton for your work recruiting BiJan. Young man was absolutely amazing producing in his heaviest workload day of his career. 35 carries for 216 yards and 2 TDs to go with 2 receptions. BEAST MODE He is leading the nation in forcing missed tackles too. He is simply an amazing back and we suspect by the end of the year, the debate becomes is he or Jammal Charles our #3 RB of all time. With apologies to former players like Ernie Koy and Chris Gilbert. Hopefully this is a game where Sark can grow as a coach. We have been spoiled for 2 weeks seeing a gameplan where all the weapons are used, we’re used to seeing not only a high octane offense but a creative one as well. This we did not see vs the Frogs. We saw what might have been the most vanilla game plan of the year this side of Fayetteville. Not sure we ever saw Casey asked to roll out to stress their front and their front is very good. We saw one pass route utilizing our TEs and little use of mis direction. Though the jet sweep to K Robinson was excellent. So good we never ran it again. Maybe we’re saving something for OU but against 2 good defenses this year, we have not seen the best Sark has to offer. Speaking of people who will grow from this, we have no doubt some of the naysayers are calling for Casey Thompson’s head. That would be a very bad move. Casey had easily his worst day but he lead TEXAS to a tough win on the road. Granted, helps when you line up with BiJan beside you. He also had at least 4 drops and 2 (maybe more) of those on 3rd down which would have kept drives alive. TEXAS enjoyed 6 trips to the red zone. The good news, 5-6 scoring. The bad news 4 scores were FGs, one trip saw us stuffed on 4th and 1, which would lead to a TCU 99 yard drive and a TD. Had no problem with Sark going for it on 4th down to go from a 12 to a 19 point (2 scores vs 3) lead. But with TCU stacked to stop BiJan, we slammed him into the line twice. Later in the day Bama would go for it on 4th and 1 from the 1. They faked a run left, rolled their QB right behind play action and completed an easy TD to their pass catcher. Getting stuffed at the 1 with a 32-20 lead should not have been the worst thing in the world. Except TEXAS’ D would give up all 99 yards to see TCU pull within 5 points. Oddly, TCU took their sweet time on the drive and ate up a bunch of the clock. TCU then kicked deep counting on their D to stop TEXAS. Not today Gary, Sark put the ball in BiJan’s hands 6 straight times gaining 33 of his 216 yards none more important than his last carry gaining 6 on a 3rd and 6 to allow TEXAS to go into victory formation for the final 3 plays. While it may not sound like it, a win on the road is a win and TCU has been a major thorn in Bevo’s side. We had multiple chances to put a fork in the Frogs. We left points on the field settling for FGs. This team should never have to lean on one RB for 35 carries, even as good as BR is. Having said that, this team needed to face adversity and this they did today. Casey threw what at first looked like an ugly INT into triple coverage. Upon further review, Worthy was held (rather obviously) or he’s most likely running open. Refs missed that call, it was a game of some questionable calls but Casey bounced back from his 2nd INT of the season to play well, though certainly not great. Our pass catchers struggled at time catching the ball and as stated above, it was a pretty vanilla game plan. We lost Okafor to injury, adjusted the OL on the fly and again, we won. Might have been ugly but we won. This was the type of game TEXAS would have lost over the past 8-10 years. Offensive Player of the Game BiJan Robinson. Easiest pick of the year. All he did was carry the team. Herculean performance 35 Carries 216 yards and 2 TDs. Add 2 receptions for another 22 yards. Could not find his yards after contact but at least half would be our guess today. Defensive Player of the Game Anthony Cook His sack force fumble of Max Duggin would lead to a field goal and TEXAS 1st 2 score lead of the day. Stats that Matter 5 of 6 6 Trips into the TCU red zone, 4 field goals and only 1 TD, not good 6-15 TEXAS on 3rd down, 1-5 in the 1st half 9 Penalties on TEXAS for 97 yards. Shades of Mensa 3 Turnovers gained by TEXAS but only turned into 9 points 6.2 BiJan's average yards per carry On Deck Simply the biggest game of the year, the Red River War, against the most talented team TEXAS will face. And we’ll say it now, we think this is game one of two vs OU this year. We think the team will grow thanks to the adversity it faced vs TCU. Make no mistake, OU will look to expose our secondary. We’ll need red zone TDs not FGs to win and we’ll need to tackle well and limit yards after the catch. Our too early key to victory. . . .execution. TEXAS brings it’s A game, it will leave on top of the conference. ALL GAS NO BRAKES Fighting Mack Brown’s UNC really needed a slump buster and they found one in Duke. Tarheel’s high hopes for the season have largely been dashed but Mack continues to recruit well and add talent. They will go bowling and Mack has clearly improved UNC’s performance. Ranking the BigXII #1 OU. . . . they played their best game of the year so far vs KSU. They remain on the Top tier of the BigXII but they lack the invincibility they have enjoyed in the past. The next 3 teams are the 2nd Tier of the BigXII today, you can largely rank them in any order. #2 OSU Battle of the ranked teams, Cowboys come out on top #3 TEXAS You can make the case for #2 but with the Red River War on the horizon and #2 the winner of a pair of ranked teams, #3 fits for now #4 ISU Throttled hapless Kansas The mid tier of the BigXII, these are teams good enough to upset anyone. #5 Baylor Dave Aranda is another very good hire for Baylor #6 KSU Skyler Thompson is back which gives KSU a chance vs the rest of the BigXII #7 Texas Tech Nice win on the road vs WVU #8 TCU #9 WVU Coulda/shoulda/Woulda And now alone at the bottom #10 Kansas Maybe not so early Playoff projections. #1 Bama They make it look easy #2 Georgia Looking forward to the SEC title game but we think at this point, both get in. #3 B1G champ Even with 1 loss. Top 3 teams play each other then likely face Iowa for the title. #4 Oklahoma sucks to type, though we think they will have to beat TEXAS twice to get there. Wild cards Cincinnati beat previously unbeaten ND, could this be the year for Group of 5? Oregon is most likely done. Same for ND This was “separation weekend” as the race just got a good deal clearer on the 1st weekend in Oct. And a final note, the Pirate headed into Kyle Field and downs the Aggies yet again. Couldn’t happen to a better bunch. Nor will it be ACES last loss of the season. Wonder if the Aggies are still talking playoffs.
  13. View from the Cheap Seats-Texas Tech Chancellor Spurs Game Starting in 1996, the two teams began competing for the “Chancellor Spurs” trophy, a very nice looking pair of engraved spurs held by the winning team. The teams began play against each other in 1928 but it was not until 1960 when Tech joined the Southwest conference, the teams played every year. With this win, TEXAS takes an overall 52-17 overall lead in the “rivalry”. For the record, Tech is the only team from the Orphan 8 the Cheap Seats cares if we play on a regular or even semi-regular basis. There are rumors of this being made official but so far, we have not seen any details. So what does Coach Sark do to open BigXII play? Matched the most points TEXAS has ever scored vs a BigXII opponent. Was in attendance at the last 70 point game, Vince and the National Title winning Longhorns simply destroyed Colo in the 2005 BigXII title game. Did we mention, we are a big fan of club level seats?. It’s hard to believe some pundits were claiming that Tech should win the game or that TEXAS did not match up well vs the Red Raiders. Clearly was not the case as TEXAS’ much maligned offensive line simply DOMINATED the vaunted TT front 7. Outside of 1 sack in the 2nd quarter, Casey had time to throw and the multi headed RB group had room to run. Coach Sark mentioned that being able to run the ball was a key to victory. Did he ever call that one. And it was a GREAT game plan as Tech’s defense was off balance all afternoon. Worth mentioning that Sark’s use of different personnel groups and motion has paid big dividends for the Horns this year. We frequently saw 2 TE sets. What a stable of running backs Sark enjoys. Let’s start with BiJan who keeps this pace up the rest of the season and he’s traveling to NYC for the Heisman presentation as a finalist. 6.7 ypc on 18 carries (137 yards), 54 more on 2 receptions. We believe his optimal work load is 18-22 touches vs the weaker teams on the schedule RoShon “Mr Do it all/Mr Anything for the Team” Johnson clocked in at 4.9 ypc on 13 attempts and added 2 hard earned Touchdowns. Keilan Robinson once again showed off his speed in the 4th quarter, 4 carries, 10+ ypc with a TD, cannot wait to see the Robinson/Robinson back field. Not to be forgotten, true freshman Jonathan Brooks with 7 carries for 48 yards, 6.7 ypc. Casey Thompson had a great performance in his 2nd start. 303 yards passing, 5 Touchdowns and added a rushing touch down. So far he has lead TEXAS on 23 drives netting 20 TDs and a FG in the 2021 season. The Cheap Seats said last year that Casey needed to be the starter. Now we fully admit, he doesn’t change the outcome of the Pigs game but we believed from last season he was more ready to start and lead TEXAS than Hudson. TEXAS 1st Native American (Kiowa Tribe) QB is locking down the QB1 spot. At least through 2 games vs a tomato can and a team that came in just a bit overhyped. Perhaps the best sign of his maturity came after he threw an UGLY INT which cost Dicker a chance to be the kicker. The game also marked the debut of QB3, Charles Wright, the QB/Longhorn player with the greatest name in TEXAS football history. We would be remiss if we did not note this important event. Special teams were the length of a helmet from earning a helmet sticker, Keilan Robinson went for blocked punts in back to back games. This would have been a scoop and score for a 21-0 lead but he was in the neutral zone by the length of his head gear. Instead he gave Tech a 4th and 2, they went for it, made it which lead to their 1st score of the 1st half. D Jamison with another GREAT punt return to give TEXAS a short field score. Our defense played a very impressive 1st half but seemed to lose it’s mental edge in the 2nd. 1st half we won 42-14 but we would only win the 2nd half 28-21. With Sonny Cumbie calling plays, Tech can score some points. In fact the worst 1st half play for the Horns was when TT’s highly rated, transfer from Oregon starting QB Taylor Shroud would injure his own shoulder diving into the end zone. Back up (and 4 time starter in 2020) Henri Colombi came in and began to light up the Horn secondary throwing for 324 yards, 3 TDs but an INT (that was 100% on his WR who he hit in the hands). Tech would pass for just under 400 yards (392). We have no doubt our opponents will review that tape. Offensive player of the game Coach Flood and his Offensive Line with BY FAR their most dominating performance of the young season after opening with much maligned first 3 games. The negative press was earned but their performance today was impressive. Remains to be seen if Tech D is as good as they were hyped. Honorable Mention: BiJan Robinson continues to impress and dazzle. 18 carries for 137 yards and 2 Receptions where he added a TD. Defensive Player of the game Josh Thompson for his pick 6 return On Deck and coaching challenge of the week. So far Coach Sark has had the team ready for a well-coached La La team to open the season. He would flubb badly vs the Pigs but made the very tough call to change QB1 to Casey who has rewarded him by leading the offense in back-to-back dominate performances. Clearly Coach Sark took a bad loss and did not allow it to become 2. This week’s coaching challenge are two fold. First he must now manage the “success” of two BIG wins, even if neither vs a quality opponent. And second, he faces the 2nd biggest Longhorn nemesis in the BigXII. TCU and it’s well coached squad lead by Gary “Mr Defense” Patterson and an offense lead by one of the top QBs in the conference. And he must do this on the road for only the 2nd times this season. Would not put much stock in TCU’s loss to SMU, this game will be the biggest on the Frog schedule. Coach Sark must also keep the Horns focused on this week’s opponent with the BIGGEST game of the year, the Red River War “in the hole”. This game screams “trap”, on the road, coming off a big, head swelling TEXAS victory and the Frogs coming off a loss. Oh yeah, will TEXAS be peaking forward to the Red River War?. And it’s about to get real. TCU, OU and Okie Lite are up before a bye week. The easy part of the schedule is over. Stats that Matter · 9 of 11 11 offensive drives for the Horns. 9 Touchdowns, 1 INT and one “run the clock out” drive at the end of the game · 6 of 6 Red zone success offense with 6 TDs. The INT came from the 23. · 10 of 14 TEXAS on 3rd down · 5 of 13 TT on 3rd down. Though they would convert 3 of 5 on 4th down · 336/303 Yards rushing/Yards passing Pretty balanced attacked · 1 Number of negative plays prior to the “run out the clock” drive · 0 Number of punts by TEXAS · 6 Drives of 9 plays or more by TEXAS, TT’s D was DRAGGING · 10 Cheap Seats had TEXAS over TT for 10 points in the ESPN confidence ESPN Pick’em Poll. All Gas No Brakes. Bad news, had ISU for 9 over Baylor UGH. Fighting Mack Brown’s Ugly loss on the road to Atlanta. What coulda/shoulda/woulda been UNC’s year to take a shot at the title. . . .is slipping away into a “they’ll be lucky to go bowling/finish the year ranked” Pigs pull off the Texas 3 step Beat Rice,beat us and beat Aggie. We were assured Arkie was “meh” and that Aggie was a playoff contender. Clearly not the case, Pigs are 4-0 after winning their SEC opener and most likely go bowling this year. Aggie? ACES. Figure this is a 4 loss Aggie team. Can only help the Longhorns with recruiting. BTW, Cheap Seats had Pigs over ACES, though only for 3 Ranking the BigXII-Separation week. Most teams faced conference opponents this week and we should start knowing more about who ranks where. #1 Oklahoma eecked out the win vs WVU. They have not looked great all year. #2 TEXAS on the strength of a big win but we won’t know much until the end of the next 3 weeks. #3 Okie Lite. . . nice win over ranked KSU #4 WVU Coulda/shoulda/woulda beat OU. Why they are running a two QB system is a mystery and cost them dearly #5 Baylor Pulled off the upset of ISU at home. We went the wrong way in College Pick’em and lost 9 points #6 ISU They have not been impressive this year. Too much cheese eating in the offseason? Will Campbell regret not taking an NFL offer that would have set him up financially for life? #7 KSU Dropping out of Top 25 ranking after this loss. They are really hurting without Skyler Thompson #8 TCU Really? You lost to SMU? #9 TT You learn nothing playing weak teams. #10 Kansas, blown out by Duke. Better luck come basketball season Way too early playoff projections #1 Bama a scare vs Florida but #1 continues to roll. #2 Norte Dame Big win over Whiskey, Brian Kelly becomes all time winningest coach at ND #3 B1G winner tOSU? Pedophile State? Michigan? Frankly Iowa needs a bit of love, we see a 1 loss B1G getting in #4 Oregon Above assumes all go unbeaten, upsets make things REALLY interesting Just a bit outside OU They have looked beatable, can they run the table? wouldn't bet on it. Georgia They have a shot if they make the SEC title game unbeaten and lose to Bama. Same for Bama if they lose that game to Georgia BYU They would need to run the table though not sure how strong their SOS would be. PS, posted this last night but did not realize I wasn't signed in. Silly me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGQBNnSeeK4
  14. Kiowa http://www.ndnsports.com/no-7-ranked-dual-threat-qb-casey-thompson-kiowa-tribe-commits-to-the-texas-longhorns/
  15. View from the Cheap Seats-Rice Slump Buster And did this Longhorn team ever need a slump buster after the worst defeat of the past decade, a tomato can a stalking horse, a stat padder, call Rice whatever you wish. Almost feel sorry for Rice, which was once a proud program and some of the brightest kids in Texas played their hearts out. (Rice refers to itself as the Harvard of the Southwest for good reason). The biggest story of the night, for the 1st time since 3 Nov 2017, Casey Thompson was QB1 for his team. After 4 years at TEXAS, Casey got his chance to start and he shined. Granted, he was playing Rice so don’t get too excited. Having said that, he was decisive, his throws were on the money and outside of an Interception, he had an outstanding night. Though the interception was interesting as he came back complete unphased. In fact the biggest negative from the offense was that Casey was hit 3 or 4 times so the offensive line still has some work to do. Interesting trivia, until Sat night, we did not know that Casey was half Native American. Casey’s evening was aided by both scheme and by our ground attack. Clearly the strength of the Longhorn offense is it is lead by 2 outstanding running backs in BiJan Robinson and Roshon Johnson who each had amazing nights. And it was clear the job #1 for Coach Sark was to establish the run early and wear out Rice. Mission accomplished. 4 Running backs combined for 427 yards rushing including a 72 yard run by Roshon Johnson from the wildcat in the 1st quarter, a 62 yard run by BiJan in the 2nd quarter and a 65 yard run by Keilan Robinson in the 3rd quarter. BiJan Robinson gained 9.8 yards a carry and was only 3rd on the team in yards per carry on a 127 yard night. He also showed great power on several runs highlighted by a stiff arm where he threw the Rice defender to the ground. The 1st play of the highlights below features both the stiff arm and the replay of the stiff arm. BRUTAL This was clearly an All Gas, No Brakes night for Coach Sark who’s scheme featured a great deal of misdirection, opening with a jet sweep to get the ball in the hands of Xaiver Worthy. The slender (160 lbs) WR would have his biggest night of his young career. Jared Wiley recorded his 1st receptions for the 2021 season and maybe showed us a glimpse of the tight end position in this offense going forward. No series highlighted TEXAS/Sark was playing to win as much as our next to the last series in the 1st half. A Rice punt pinned TEXAS back at her 11. Following the only negative play (1 yard rushing loss) of the evening, Sark dials up 3 straight pass plays. The 3rd down play results in a holding call against TEXAS pinning us back at the 7. (btw, one of only 2 penalties on TEXAS on the evening) Most coaches would have run a safe play, punted and lived to fight another day considering we were already up 23-0. Nope, not Sark, he showed great faith in Casey who drops back and fires a 22 yard strike to Kelovanty Dixon setting up 1st down and then BiJan’s 62 yard TD run where he featured his speed, vision and cut back ability. Not to jinx him but at TEXAS, we know our great RBs by one name, they don’t need 2. Earl, Ricky, Ced, Jamaal, Priest (though more for his NFL success) and now BiJan. We have him for 2 more seasons before he’s a 1st round NFL pick, appreciate and enjoy him now. And we REALLY hope we haven’t jinxed him. Great things in the young man’s future. We would be remiss if we did not mention Kelien Robinson’s punt block which was the biggest special teams play of the evening and lead to a safety then a TEXAS TD drive so really a 9 point play. Defense had a good night, forcing Rice into 7 drives of 4 plays or less on Rice’s 10 drives (we don’t count the drive immediately before half as it was simply running out the clock) They did give up 3 drives of 9 plays or more. One of the biggest advantages of a tomato can game is getting snaps for a large number of players who will be needed as the season grinds on. Overall, doubt if you could have drawn up a better game or game plan for a badly needed slump buster. We hope that the QB issue is now resolved for the season though we doubt Coach Sark will say anything but “week to week” which we understand. There was only one player who left the field due to injury so hope he’s OK but fairly high on the pre-game check list was “no injuries” Not a game to get too excited about, Rice was outclassed. But certainly a great confidence builder game for the Horns Offensive player of the Game BiJan Robinson 127 yards 14 yard reception 3 TDs Honorable Mention: Roshon Johnson and Casey Thompson. Defensive player of the game Ovie Ogaphour Tackle and a half for loss + a sack Up Next Texas Tech comes to town. They will be a better opponent than Rice though they still will not tell us who this Longhorn team is. TT in Austin is seldom the same team as TT in Lubbock. We look for a somewhat similar game plan, plenty of mis direction and leaning hard on the run game with Casey throwing 18-25 times. 2 weeks until TCU on the road, which will be TEXAS’ “big test” of the season before we face OU in the Red River War then Oklahoma State before a bye week. We hope we see more passing to the TEs, we certainly have enough of them on the roster. One of Coach Sark’s challenges is to continue to rebuild this young team’s confidence. Stats that Matter 0 TEXAS’ D pitched it’s 1st shutout since 2017 427 TEXAS’ combined rushing yards with only 1 negative play a -1 yard run. 5-6 Six trips into the redzone coming away with 5 TDs and a late 4th quarter turnover on downs 0-2 Two Rice red zone trips resulting in ZERO scores 6 Number of TEXAS players who scored touchdowns in the game 0 Number of punts TEXAS needed Mack Attack Loss to Va Tech now looks worse with their loss to WVU. Facing Virginia, UNC took an early lead, lost the lead going into half time then came roaring back scoring 5 TDs in the 2nd half to win going away. Up next they face a Georgia Tech team that gave Clemson all they can handle Ranking the BigXII #1 Oklahoma while not an impressive win vs Neb, they are the champs and remain on top until someone knocks them off Standard caveat, until we know more, 2-7 can be ranked in any order today #2 ISU Big win vs a tomato can. #3 TEXAS We certainly know TEXAS can beat the weak teams on the schedule, #4 West Virginia on the strength of the best win (vs #15) on the BigXII schedule this week #5 TCU Horn Frogs on an early bye week #6 Okie Lite Neither team scored in the 2nd half, eeked out a win over Boise State #7 KSU 21 4th quarter points lead to a 21 point victory #8 Baylor Blew out Kansas #9 Texas Tech Blew out Florida International #10 Baylor Is it basketball season yet? Way too early Playoff projections #1 Bama Faced a real test in the swamp, simply too much talent but might not be their last game with Florida #2 Oregon Blew out a tomato can. Can anyone in the Pac stop their run? #3 tOSU Bumbling, stumbling but continues to win. B1G play should be very interesting #4 Oklahoma For now, they run the table, they are in the playoffs Just a bit outside Georgia Cocktail party likely determines who plays Bama for the SEC title. Need some of the front runner sin the nation to lose a game so SEC can get 2 teams Penn St Beat a better than we thought Auburn team who’s role this year might be spoiler Michigan Harbaugh’s year to win the B1G? Iowa Looking good early Clemson Not looking impressive but just win baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY_c5eWZhuE
  16. Pretty clear that for all of Hudson's hype, he was not ready for the bright lights. Not one of the 3 missed deep balls was on anyone but Hudson, sorry that's just reality. Now J Witt dropped a ball we needed but in the grand scheme, even if he catches it we aren't winning the game. The bright lights got to Card, just reality. He will learn from it but I suspect we have our QB1 for the season. Neither Rice nor TT mean much, other than adding wins. TCU will be the 1st real test.
  17. View from the Cheap Seats-Arkansas Pigs play “line football”, SOOIE Let’s make no mistake, TEXAS went to Arkansas and got their backsides beaten. It started with both sides of the lines where the Pig OL & DL dominated the game. We’ll break down some problems, but line play is at the head of the list. BTW, the comment about “playing line football” came from the Pigs staff before the game. Lots of truth to this. Neither TEXAS line played well while the Pigs simply dominated. . . . we might be repeating ourselves. And this one of the hardest Cheap Seats to author. It was sad to see so many TEXAS fans drinking the kool aid and boasting we’d win this game going away. Too much Nintendo and too little understand of real football. Real football is a highly emotional game, played in front of raucous crowds, played by angry men. TEXAS certainly faced that last night as the Arkansas fans set a record for home attendance and volume. Our first problem was badly underrating a very good defense the Pigs brought to the table along with an outstanding running game. Our second problem was getting seriously out coached. Seems that last year, Sark had no answer for the Pigs D as they would hand Bama their lowest scoring and yardage output of the season. Not just by a little bit but by around half. Not sure what Sark was thinking constantly trying to run the way he did vs an excellent run D. Sorry, we love Sark but this was a poorly schemed/called offensive game plan. Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys opened against Tampa Bay featuring one of the best run D’s in the NFL. Dallas did not stubbornly pound the ball into the line, Dallas threw early and often, short throws to talented WRs and TEs, keeping the Tampa Bay D off balance. And they threw quickly, not giving the TB line time to pressure Dak. They bootlegged away from pressure with throws to TEs and RBs. We could have used a bit of this Sat night. But then again, we could have used a bit of anything that worked. Basically, Sark did his young QB few favors with the game plan and the by product is going to be a full blown QB controversy. For the 2nd week in a row, Casey Thompson was the best QB on the Longhorn side of things. Granted in both games Casey’s snaps came during garbage time but it’s hard to ignore how he lit up the offense with both his passing and running when he was on the field. This is the next BIG test for Sark, how to get his young QBs confidence back up as well as the confidence of the entire team. Can he keep 1 loss from becoming 2. Good news on that front, tomato can Rice next up. Bad news, we then must travel to TCU, another team that gets “geeked up” (to quote Nate Newton) for TEXAS. And even thought TCU looks like crap this year, they ALWAYS play TEXAS hard. We called it pre-season, Hudson was going to have a time where the game was too big for him. It came very early in the season. At one point, there were 3 long passes where receivers were running wide open for touchdowns, explosive plays that certainly would have helped. Card missed each of them badly. Though there was one long beautiful pass to Jordan Whittington, hit him in both hands only to be dropped. Card never looked comfortable in the game. Defense Defense played well in the 1st half, limiting the Pigs to FGs on 3 of their 4 scoring drives including off their very short field blocked punt. Well not great with no real help from the offense. 2nd half those figures would flip as the D gave up 3 TDs and a FG on 4 drives and were unable to stop the Arkie rushing attack. We are simply not physical enough to play a strong rushing team. And sadly, our 2nd half adjustments were poor. BJ Foster did have a great INT to blunt the Pigs 1st drive of the 2nd half that the offense turned into 7 but it simply wasn’t enough. 2nd Half adjustments One of the biggest gripes about Mensa was a lack of halftime adjustments. Sark and Coach K lost this battle to Barry Odom and Kendall Briles. We would lose the 3rd quarter 17-7. Not a good sign 2 plays that defined the night Football is a game of inches and TEXAS blew a chance to take an early lead when by the length of a big toe, Arkansas muffed a punt but the TEXAS player was out of bounds at the 3 by the narrowest of margins. Minus 7 (at least 3) and an early lead after TEXAS 1st 3 and out Early in the 2nd quarter, at his own 16, Cameron Dicker DROPS the ball where it is blocked then scooped and returned to the TEXAS 11. The D bowed up and forced a FG for the 2nd time that night in the Red Zone but the swing of the two plays was 10 points. Would it have mattered in the end? Football is a funny game that way and the best way to take a loud crowd out is to take an early lead. TEXAS trailed wire to wire. Refs In a fairly well called game, have to bitch about 2 BLATANT targeting calls which were not made. 1st one on BiJan would have turned a 3rd down stuff into a 1st down. The 2nd did not impact the drive as it happened on the goal line but if it’s about player safety then stop worrying about the fans and call the game right. Offensive player of the game Casey Thompson shined leading TEXAS to 2 TDs on the 2 drives he had the reigns Defensive player of the Game BJ Foster His INT was the highlight of the night and he came up with 2 big tackles on 3rd down. Stats that matter 333 Arkansas’ total rushing yards, not one Pig player broke 100 7.1 Average Yards per carry for the Pigs 4-13 3rd down conversions for the Horns 6 Drives of 3 plays and out or less (ugh) 9 Number of times Pigs kicked off (double ugh) 3-1 Turnover ratio, another stat line we lost 10/3 Tackles for Losses/Sacks recorded by Arkie 0-19 Sark’s record as a HC when down by 10 or more at half. Summation No way to sugar coat the azz beating the Pigs put on us. Make no mistake, the Pigs are a good team with a stout defense. Anyone who said otherwise, well doesn’t know football very well. Best D the Horns face all season? We hope so. Rice on deck so we have our slump buster but TCU before OU is a bit of a concern today. Sark needs to work some QB magic on young Mr Card. He is the future, is he the present? And does Casey have some James Brown in him, a guy who shines brighter under the lights not in practice? At least we can dispense with the “we’ll be 5-0 and Top 10 ranked when we face OU”. One comment, watched some of Tennessee’s game, South Carolina’s game and obviously the Pigs game. This is why we are moving to the SEC. Fans get jacked up for the games, they fill the stadiums and the stadiums are not 45,000 seat cracker boxes (except for Vandy). Hopefully by the time we get there, we show up with a better team. Mack and the Tar Heels Always good to have a tomato can on deck after an ugly loss. Tar Heels bounce back against Georgia Southern. They will need some help to win their division. Ranking the BigXII #1 OU Torched a tomato can Fair to say NO ONE in the BigXII is very impressive today, not really sure after 2 weeks who deserves to be ranked where from 2 to 8. Frankly put them in any order 9 & 10 are easy, TT barely beat FCS Stephen F while Kansas was abused by Coastal Carolina. #2 KSU 2-0 #3 TCU by virtue of a 2-0 record. Beat a poor Cal team #4 Okie Lite Another 2-0 record coming from behind to beat Tulsa with 21 in the 4th #5 ISU Pounded by Top 10 Iowa #6 TEXAS, prison raped by the pigs but solid win vs a ranked opponent in week 1 #7 WVU Put a whipping on Long Island High School. Oh wait, Long Island has a college and a football team. . . .who knew? #8 Baylor Whipped Texas Southern. . . . who cares? #9 Texas Tech You barely beat Stephen “FCS” Austin? #10 Kansas Way too early playoff picture #1 Bama #2 Oregon New kid in the mix proves they are for real beating tOSU on the road. Must say, many scoffed at the idea of Mario Christobal as a Mensa replacement candidate. Does a great job with OLs, wins (back to back Pac12 champ) and now in the drivers seat to win 3 years in a row/make the playoffs. #3 Norte Dame Biggest beneficiary of the tOSU loss #4 Georgia If both Bama and Georgia run the table, both most likely in Outside looking in? Oklahoma Clemson Penn State USC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tGTpuTyDaQ
  18. Proud day, got to buy the Great Man himself buds and enchiladas at Matt's El Rancho in Austin.   Joining us was All American QB Marty Akins

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