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  1. Not super surprising. Texas definitely made it interesting, at least.
  2. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND Texas put together its cleanest and most complete game of the season on Saturday night, knocking off Iowa State and putting themselves a win away from playing for a Big 12 championship. Let’s a took at the good, bad and ugly from a big win over the Cyclones: The Good Great performance from the Texas defense During Tom Herman’s press conference last Monday, he told the media that the defense was going to get better. Todd Orlando echoed Herman’s statement on Wednesday, telling the media he asked Herman to put full pads on Tuesday so the defense could clean up fundamental issues. Whatever the Longhorns did, it worked. Texas turned in their most complete defensive performance of the season against Iowa State, holding the Cyclones to 210 total yards. Texas finds success running the football It was mildly surprising to see Texas have consistent success running the football against an Iowa State defense that ranked at or near the top of every statistical category in the Big 12. The Texas offensive line did an excellent job of establishing the line of scrimmage for 4 quarters, allowing Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram to find running room. The duo combined for 150 yards on 27 carries, with Watson ripping off a season long run of 39 yards in the 3rd quarter. Shane Buechele plays well For the second time this season, Sam Ehlinger left a game with a shoulder injury. This time, Ehlinger suffered a bad bruise after having a defenders facemask go directly into his throwing shoulder. Despite playing in only his 2nd game of the year, Shane Buechele finished the evening a perfect 10 for 10 for 89 yards and a touchdown. Should Ehlinger have to miss Friday’s game in Lawrence, Buechele will be tasked with trying to lead the Longhorns to a victory over Kansas and clinching Texas a spot in the conference championship game. The Bad Cameron Dicker misses a chip shot Freshman kicker Cameron Dicker has been reliable for most of the 2018 season, but he has had a few kicks he would like to have back. One of those came in the 2nd quarter, when Dicker missed a 28-yarder wide right. It has been a short sample size, but Dicker seems to be more comfortable kicking from the left hashmark, and his miss came from the right hashmark. Regardless, anything inside of 40 yards should be pretty automatic. It didn’t end up costing Texas, but every play will matter if Texas gets into close games to finish the season. Coughing up the football Texas tried to get Daniel Young a couple carries at the end of the game, but the sophomore coughed up the ball on the first play, giving Iowa State another possession trailing only by 14. Young has seen inconsistent playing time this year, but he may be tasked with a key role next year with the departure of senior Tre Watson. Young possesses the most physicality out of any back on the roster, but he has to protect the football if he hopes to see an expanded role in 2019. The Ugly Injuries It is not an ideal time for Texas to have a short week before going on the road. In addition to Sam Ehlinger’s shoulder injury, the Longhorns have several starters who are nursing injuries. Keaontay Ingram continues to battle and play through a hip injury, Zach Shackelford and Kris Boyd played through injuries and Brandon Jones has not returned from an ankle injury. Jones went through pre-game drills prior to the game and had limited practice throughout the week, meaning he could return this Friday against Kansas. Tom Herman has made it clear injuries will not be an excuse, but the Longhorns will look to get through the final regular season game and a possible conference championship game before a well-deserved rest prior to its bowl game.
  3. Pete won’t go back to college football, especially after what happened with Bush. The NCAA will also make sure he doesn’t go back.
  4. Notorious probably wasn’t the right word to use, but it was late and I was tired. Lol.
  5. If Texas keeps winning and my record suffers, so be it!
  6. He has had fumble issues for a while. Not necessarily in games, but he coughs it up a lot in practice. He did it once already this year. It’s just a small thing, but it isn’t going to help him see the field
  7. Even without Sam Ehlinger in the second half of Saturday night's matchup with Iowa State, the Longhorns dominated the Cyclones all night and came away with a 24-10 victory. Todd Orlando and his defensive unit stepped up in a big way by limiting David Montgomery to 33 yards rushing and making Brock Purdy look like a freshman. The health of Sam Ehlinger looms large as Texas is set to have a short week and travel to Kansas. The good news is that Ehlinger warmed up on the sideline and was really in Tom Herman's ear about coming into the game. For now, here are five thoughts about the Longhorns' big win: Shane Buechele is selfless and serviceable After losing the starting job to Sam Ehlinger in the offseason, Shane Buechele could have easily exercised his option to transfer like so many other quarterbacks have in the past. Instead, the junior took on a mentor role with Ehlinger and remained ready to be called on. When Buechele's number was called against Baylor and tonight, he's been more than serviceable at the position. There's no doubt that the offense is entirely different when Buechele is in the game. Opposing defenses do not respect Buechele's ability to run, and it certainly makes this offense more predictable. When that happens, the pressure is turned up on Buechele, who does not have the pocket awareness that Ehlinger has and often can't get away from pressure. All in all, Buechele is a very serviceable backup quarterback who could be a starter in a different offensive scheme. As Tom Herman put it best, "He's the definition of a teammate." Resurgence of the defense Something must have snapped in Todd Orlando this week, because the Texas defense played with its hair on fire tonight. Todd Orlando's unit reeled in 6 sacks, 9 TFL, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. The defensive line played unbelievable, and asserted pressure on Brock Purdy all night. Gary Johnson was placed as a spy on Purdy all evening, and laid some solid hits on the freshman several times throughout the game. The statline may not show it, but Kris Boyd had a great game guarding Hakeem Butler. At times Boyd gave up some plays to the 6'6 junior, but that was to be expected. Boyd also made some fantastic plays that cut Iowa State drives short. One of the biggest performances came from the Texas LB corps. The rushing attack has been a huge weakness of Texas' this year, but this unit stuck to its assignments and really made Brock Purdy air it out. It certainly helped that David Montgomery was out for the first half, but he was only able to accumulate 33 yards rushing in the second half. As a team, the Texas defense only allowed 62 yards (!) rushing. You have to credit the Texas LBs for maintaining gap integrity and the defensive line for getting a constant push up front. This will undoubtedly give the defense confidence as they head into the final stretch of the season. One last win in DKR for the seniors This year's senior class has arguably been through more turmoil than any other in Texas history. Abrupt coaching changes in-season, constant regression, and an embarrassing loss to cap off a forgettable era were followed by the arrival of a new coach with a completely different attitude and style. It took a while, but the seniors finally bought in to his vision and saw results. They came to Texas with the goal of bringing the Longhorns back to where they should always be, and now they are ever so close to that achieving it. To Charles Omenihu, Breckyn Hager, Gary Johnson, PJ Locke, Davante Davis, Kris Boyd, Chris Nelson, Anthony Wheeler, Calvin Anderson, Patrick Vahe, Tre Watson, and countless others: thank you. All of you are shining examples of the types of players Texas wants to wear the burnt orange and white week in and out. The season is far from over, but just know the Longhorn faithful are glad you chose Texas and will forever be on your side. Closing out games As Tom Herman said best, "We've always got to make it interesting, huh?" You sure do, coach. Just as this game was all but wrapped up, Texas decided to give Iowa State some life. It started with a Ryan Bujcevski line drive punt to Tarique Milton that was taken back to the Texas 15-yard line, and then moved further up due to a Ryan Bujcevski facemask. Iowa State scored a couple of plays later, but failed to recover the onside kick. Okay, no problem, Texas fans thought. Then, instead of deciding to take a knee to run out the clock, Texas decided to give it to Daniel Young — a player who has been notorious for coughing the ball up. And guess what happened? Young fumbled, and Iowa State recovered. Thankfully, freshman pass rusher Joseph Ossai wanted to go home. Ossai got a step on the outside and strip sacked senior quarterback Kyle Kempt, which was recovered by senior Charles Omenihu to seal the game. This team always has to make it interesting, but a win is a win. This cannot happen in the future, as turnovers like that or missed field goals could end up being costly. One more win... And Texas will be heading to Dallas for its first Big 12 Championship appearance since 2009. Who would have thunk it after the Longhorns lost to Maryland to open the season and almost blew a lead against Tulsa at home? 8 regular season wins and a chance at 9 is a big improvement from 6 a season ago. All in all, there is no doubt that Tom Herman has this program heading in the right direction. It will be very interesting to see how Texas comes out against Kansas next Friday. Many of the seniors on this time know all too well what it feels like to lose in Lawrence with a lot on the line. This time, Texas has a Big 12 Championship appearance on the line and much more at stake. After putting up 40 points against Oklahoma today, it is safe to say that Kansas should not be taken lightly. It will be the Jayhawks Senior Day and the last time David Beaty will coach a game there. Emotions will be running high, and Texas must be ready. How ready they'll look will also depend on the health of Sam Ehlinger. Tom Herman announced after the game that Ehlinger has an AC contusion at the moment, with an MRI scheduled for tomorrow. A contusion is certainly not as severe as a sprain, but it's concerning to see Ehlinger take more hits on his throwing shoulder. One more win, Longhorn fans; the drought remains, but rain is in the forecast. We'll see if it comes down on Friday.
  8. If Texas wins, that means they've only lost one game (WVU) in which I've picked against them. I must be onto something if they pull it out.
  9. Iowa State travels to Texas tomorrow for what is arguably the most important game of the season if you are a fan of the team that wears burnt orange and white. Texas is trying to keep its hopes at a Big 12 title appearance alive and win 9 games for the first time in a long time. Doing so won't come easy, as Matt Campbell has the best defense in the conference and a multitude of weapons on offense. If Texas can stick to the fundamentals and play assignment-sound football, it wins. That's a big if, however. Here's how the HornSports staff feels the matchup will end: Daniel Seahorn (4-6) This is a tough one for me. On one hand, Texas gets this Iowa State team at home and without starting running back David Montgomery for a half. On the other hand, Iowa State presents a tough matchup for both sides of the ball as they are very well-coached. The Cyclones are led by freshman signal caller Brock Purdy, who has played well this season (1315 yards, 13/2 TD-INT) and also has WR Hakeem Butler. Add David Montgomery to this and it forms a very good nucleus of talent, offensively. With the Texas defense struggling mightily to slow down offenses the past few weeks, I’m not confident they will find a ton of success on Saturday unless they are able to rattle the freshman early and get him uncomfortable. While I do expect the Texas offense to be able to have success against ISU’s defense on Saturday, I expect there to be a little more resistance than in the past couple of weeks. The Cyclone defense has allowed 30 or more points on three different occasions this year (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech), but they also managed to hold West Virginia to 14 points. I was conflicted on which way to go this week all things considered, but I’m going to go with the Longhorns on senior day to squeak past Iowa State and move to 8-3. Prediction: Texas 34, Iowa State 28 Jameson McCausland (6-4) I fully expect another close game at DKR on Saturday night. Iowa State and Texas are pretty evenly matched, with the Cyclones holding the edge on defense. My biggest worry when it comes to Texas is the offense needing multiple drives to adjust to what the Cyclones are showing on defense. If the Longhorns are without Collin Johnson for a second straight game, it's hard to envision Iowa State letting Lil' Jordan Humphrey beat them one-on one-like Texas Tech did. Defensively, having Brandon Jones back would be huge for the Texas defense because it would allow PJ Locke to slide back to nickel. Todd Orlando says all the right things about making adjustments, but now it is time to show it on the field. In the end, I think Texas does just enough to win this game and keep their Big 12 championship hopes alive. Prediction: Texas 31, Iowa State 28 Aaron Carrara (8-2) Texas is dealing with the injury bug right now, as key players are questionable to play against Iowa State on Saturday. The Cyclones have won five in a row and have the firepower on both sides of the ball to make it six straight. Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy is efficient in the air and on the ground, and Texas will have their hands full in stopping him. Todd Orlando’s defense gave up almost 600 yards of offense last week against Texas Tech. The Longhorns came out on the wining end against Tech despite the poor defensive play, but it won’t happen often with those stats. Orlando and Tom Herman need a fix, and they need it quick if they intend to finish the season strong. Both teams are still in the hunt for a Big 12 Championship and neither can afford a loss. Iowa State tailback David Montgomery is suspended for the first half, which is a significant loss to the Cyclone offense. It’s senior night at DKR, and Sam Ehlinger has been nothing short of spectacular lately, which is why I like Texas to pull off the win. Prediction: Texas 38, Iowa State 34 Harrison Wier (4-6) This is easily the most important matchup of the year for Texas. Make no mistake, Iowa State is no slouch. In fact, they are probably the most difficult matchup Texas will have this season. A large portion of the reasoning behind that assumption is Matt Campbell. His team is disciplined and will play fundamental football. Add that discipline to the talent on the Texas roster and you have yourself a well-rounded sqaud. On offense, Matt Campbell found a gem in Brock Purdy. It is quite the story to go from a third-string afterthought to the star of the Iowa State offense. It is another story entirely to do that and put up the numbers that Purdy has accumulated this season. Purdy has thrown for 13 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions on the season, amassing a passer rating of 192.0 (!) along the way. On top of that, Purdy has weapons all around him — namely Hakeem Butler and David Montgomery. Fortunately for Texas, Montgomery will be suspended for the first half of Saturday's matchup due to an altercation in last week's matchup with Baylor. The Texas defense will have to account for Hakeem Butler for four quarters, however. I'm sure Todd Orlando has a plan, but Butler has not been stopped all season. If the Iowa State offense gets in a rhythm, it's hard to stop. On defense, the Cyclones play fundamental football. They can stop the run and certainly have the secondary to stop Sam Ehlinger's reliance on Lil'Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson. The Longhorns must establish the run game early so that it can open up options through the air. The Longhorns have been extremely efficient on offense for most of the season, but have also had stretches of 3-4 possessions at a time with no success. That can't happen on Saturday. Ultimately, I don't think the Texas defense can stop Iowa State enough to give the Longhorns a chance. The Texas offense will be stopped several times on Saturday, and I don't see the defense being able to uphold their end of the bargain. I hope I'm wrong, and will gladly take the heat that comes with being wrong. But until the Texas defense proves they can make some stops, I don't trust them to give the offense an opportunity to stay in the game. Prediction: Iowa State 38, Texas 34
  10. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND Iowa State possesses the best defense in the Big 12. The Cyclones have experience and talent at nearly every position, but most importantly they run a great scheme that allows them to slow down potent Big 12 offenses. Let’s take a look at what to expect from a stout Iowa State defense on Saturday night: Defensive Line The Iowa State defensive line is active and disruptive. DE Jaquan Bailey leads the team in sacks with 5.5 and is the best pass rusher. 295-pound Jamhl Johnson and 305-pound Ray Lima anchor the middle of the line and serve as solid run stuffers. The most impressive thing about the Cyclones defensive line is how well they play assignment football. It is obvious from watching their previous games that they are well-coached and rarely take themselves out of plays. Linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. is the main player to watch at the linebacker position. Spears is utilized all over the field, possessing the ability to blitz up the middle or off the edge but also possesses the ability to cover athletes in space. Freshman Mike Rose has stepped in at middle linebacker after QB-turned-LB Joel Lanning graduated a season ago. Rose has held his own this year, which is impressive considering playing linebacker as a freshman in the Big 12 is difficult. Secondary The Cyclones are very experienced at cornerback with seniors Brain Peavy and D’Andre Payne. If Texas is without Collin Johnson again, the Cyclones will surely not allow Lil’Jordan Humphrey to beat them as easily as Texas Tech did a week ago. At safety, Greg Ellsworth leads the team in tackles with 68 and is a major piece of the Iowa State 3-3-5 defense because of his ability to help shut down the running game. Walk-On Braxton Lewis also plays a key role in the defense, and ranks second on the team with 55 tackles. Lewis will used as a defensive back/linebacker hybrid. Overall, Iowa State is very good in the back end. The group only allowed 14 points to West Virginia earlier this season and held Will Grier to 100 yards passing. Texas will have to find a way to stretch the field vertically to try to open up some room in the middle of the field for Humphrey and other receivers to operate.
  11. Y'all welcome the newest addition to our staff, @TravisHlavinka! Travis will be on the baseball beat this year, and this is his first piece. He will be doing position previews soon. We're ready for some baseball, aren't we @joeywa?
  12. BY TRAVIS HLAVINKA With Texas Baseball signing 15 high school seniors on National Signing Day Wednesday morning, the college baseball season is inching closer and closer. Head coach David Pierce announced the inking of the young players and called the day “another step in the right direction for the Texas Baseball program.” “The class of 2019 fills the needs of our program,” Pierce said. “It consists of three catchers, three left-handed pitchers, a right-handed pitcher, two outfielders, two infielders and four two-way players—three right-handed pitchers and one left-handed.” The incoming wave of new faces will follow the even bigger 2018 signing class that Pierce had last year, where he signed a 17-man class of high school seniors that finished as the No. 8 class in the country and No. 1 class in the Big 12, according to Baseball America. Texas biggest coup from the current cycle and the player it will likely have to fight to keep away from the pro ranks is Brett Baty. The infielder and Austin native was the 2018 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year and one of the top left-handed bats in the country. At 6’3 with a nicely-filled frame, Baty is virtually a guarantee to start the day he steps on campus. “Pure hitters are very hard to find and, in my opinion, [Baty] is one of the best pure hitters in the country,” Pierce said. “He has exceptional work ethic, character and leadership abilities, and because of that, I can see him starting at first or third as a first-year player. I really consider Brett as one of those players that ignites the culture of your program immediately.” With first base currently being occupied by redshirt sophomore Zach Zubia and a plethora of others vying for the position, including a handful of freshmen who are athletic enough to play middle infield or even outfield, the position should be tailor-made for Baty to occupy in 2019. Another position of importance will be behind the plate, where Texas will have the task of replacing senior DJ Petrinsky. Luckily a trio of freshmen, Silas Ardoin, Cameron Constantine and Peyton Powell, will come in to compete for the open spot. Each offers a diverse set of skills and the ability to be utilized in other positions, most namely Constantine. “[Constantine] is a very good athlete and a two-sport star that could play QB in college if he wanted to go that route,” assistant coach Sean Allen said. “We could see [Constantine] come in and play multiple positions for us because of that athleticism and his ability to constantly get the barrel at the plate.” Rounding out the high points of the class are a pair of two-way players in Andre Duplantier II and Trey Faltine III. Each is 6’2 and comes from the right side of the mound. Both Duplantier and Faltine will have their opportunities pitching, hitting and defensively, and could make a sophomore two-way player Kameron Fields-like impact early in their careers. Allen had high praise for both, but Faltine, in particular. “I would argue that [Faltine] is the most versatile player in the country,” Allen said. “He represented Team USA on several occasions and plays all over the field for them. He legitimately can play any position on the field, but I’m looking forward to how well he does at shortstop when he shows up on campus.” Pierce and his staff have to be salivating at the thought of getting (hopefully) all 15 of these young men on campus. Until then, though, he’ll have to settle with one of the top classes from 2018 and a veteran roster that made it all the way to the College World Series this past season. Here is a full list of the class of 2019: Silas Ardoin | C | R/R | 5’11” | 190 | Lake Charles, La. Brett Baty | INF | L/R | 6’3” | 210 | Austin, Texas Cameron Constantine | C | R/R | 6’ | 190 | McKinney, Texas Brenden Dixon | INF | R/R | 6’1” | 195 | Argyle, Texas Andre Duplantier II | RHP/INF | 6’2” | 198 | Humble, Texas Sanson “Trey” Faltine III | RHP/UTIL | 6’2” | 195 | Richmond, Texas Peter Hanson | LHP | 6’2” | 190 | R/L | El Dorado Hills, Calif. Douglas Hodo III | OF | 6’ | 175 | R/R | Boerne, Texas Chase Lummus | LHP | 6’1” | 195 | Godley, Texas Peyton Powell | C | 6’1” | 190 | L/R | Robinson, Texas Colton Rathjen | OF | 6’ | 180 | L/R | Houston, Texas Jared Southard | RHP | 6’2” | 215 | Austin, Texas Will Swope | RHP/INF | 6’2” | 210 | R/R | The Woodlands, Texas Sam Walbridge | LHP | 6’5” | 185 | L/L | San Antonio, Texas Austin, Wallace | LHP/OF | 6’4” | 220 | L/L | Flower Mound, Texas
  13. They definitely understand that they need immediate help desperately along the DL. The best way to do that is JUCO.
  14. The Cyclones travel to Austin for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff on Saturday on LHN. Get your picks in!
  15. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND It was another wild game out in West Texas, with Texas pulling out a 41-34 win over Texas Tech. There was a lot to take away from Longhorns victory, and it's time to take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly: The Good Sam Ehlinger to Lil’Jordan Humphrey With Collin Johnson out with a knee injury, the Longhorns needed a huge game from Lil’Jordan Humphrey. The junior delivered his most memorable performance so far in a Texas uniform. Humphrey hauled in 8 passes for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning 29-yard touchdown with :21 left. What made his performance even more impressive was his ability to do damage both as an outside and slot receiver. Humphrey is now on track to have a 1,000 yard season, and is setting himself up to make a decision about whether to enter the NFL Draft after the season. Texas stays alive in the Big 12 championship race It was almost a perfect day for the Longhorns. Just prior to kickoff in Lubbock, Oklahoma State nearly pulled off a huge upset in Norman, which would have allowed Texas to control its own destiny to earn a berth in the Big 12 championship. Despite an Oklahoma win, the Longhorns are still very much alive as the conference schedule heads into the final two weeks. West Virginia faces a tough test in Stillwater this weekend and, of course, the Mountaineers and Sooners will meet in Morgantown the day after Thanksgiving. Of course, the Longhorns will have to take care of business themselves this weekend and in Lawrence, but the hopes of a trip to Dallas is still very much alive. The Bad Allowing another opening drive TD As has become a trend this season, the Longhorns allowed the Red Raiders to drive the ball right down the field following the opening kickoff. The 4 minute, 12 second drive took a little longer than most opening drive scores Texas has allowed, but in the end the result was the same. In 6 out of 8 games this season, Texas has allowed their opponent to score points on its opening possession. Pass Defense Texas Tech backup QB Jett Duffey entered Saturday’s matchup known for his ability as a runner and having some limitations in the passing game. By the end of the game, Duffey had racked up 454 passing yards and tossed 4 touchdowns. Kliff Kingsbury did a nice job of giving Duffey high percentage throws, but the Texas defense did themselves no favors. The Longhorns secondary was burned multiple times on deep balls, and the tackling was again subpar. No one is happier that Texas is done facing the air raid portion of the Big 12 schedule than Todd Orlando. Orlando will continue to try to piece everything together until the Longhorns get to December’s bowl practices, where they will surely spend a ton of time re-emphasizing the simple fundamentals that helped make Texas’ defense successful a season ago. The Ugly Injuries As is to be expected towards the end of a long season, the injury bug is beginning to bite Texas. In addition to Collin Johnson sitting out the contest, Brandon Jones missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury. Josh Thompson, Caden Sterns, Keaontay Ingram and Davante Davis all suffered injuries during the contest. On Tech’s drive that tied the game, the Longhorns were playing Chris Brown and PJ Locke at the two safety spots, with Donovan Duvernay manning the nickel position in the first meaningful action he has seen as a Longhorn. Texas allows another furious comeback Tom Herman joked after the game that his team always knows how to make it interesting, and he is right. The Longhorns have proven they do not know how to put opponents away in the 4th quarter. Texas saw a 17-point lead quickly evaporate in the span of about 6 minutes. The Longhorns have a tough time slowing teams down once things start going downhill, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Luckily for Texas, the offense landed the final blow with 21 seconds to play, but it has to be concerning for Longhorn fans to see their team struggle to step on the throats of their opponent.
  16. Guys, keep this thread related to prospects please. There’s a UT non-recruiting thread for team info. Thanks!
  17. I take full credit for the W. When I pick against Texas, they win. Love it.
  18. I’m just trying to give the Horns the spark they need.
  19. The Longhorns (6-3) travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech (5-4) in an always chaotic night game at Jones AT&T Stadium. Both Texas and Texas Tech are on a two-game losing streak. The Red Raiders are hoping to become bowl eligible with a win over the Longhorns, while Texas is hoping to remain in the race for a Big 12 title. Our staff weighs in on what to expect from a chilly night in Lubbock: Daniel Seahorn (3-6) I was calling another Texas loss in this one given the defensive struggles and it being a night game in Lubbock. Freshman quarterback Alan Bowman is out due him reinjuring his lung that kept him out previously and the Red Raiders might be without defensive leader Dakota Allen. Those are two noteworthy players on the injury report for Tech and could end up being a major factor on Saturday. While Duffey is certainly dangerous with his feet, he isn’t nearly as competent of a passer as Bowman has proven to be this year. Limit the coverage busts and take care of the football offensively and I think the Longhorns get back in the win column this weekend. Prediction: Texas 42, Texas Tech 31 Jameson McCausland (5-4) A Saturday night in Lubbock is certainly not the ideal fix for a Texas team who is trying to hold together a defense and stay afloat in the Big 12. The Longhorns have a lot to clean up after giving up 42 points to West Virginia a week ago. Texas will have several advantages in this game. Tech will be without starting QB Alan Bowman and there are doubts LB Dakota Allen will be ready to go after suffering an injury last week against Oklahoma. Backup QB Jett Duffey is a better runner than a thrower, but it should benefit Texas that they have a full week to prepare for the QB run game. Offensively, there is no reason Texas shouldn't be approaching or surpassing the 40 point mark in this game. Tech's defense is slightly improved, but they still give up huge chunk yardage in the run game. If Texas can get a couple stops a half of defense, Sam Ehlinger and the offense should be able to take care of the rest. Anything can happen in Lubbock, but I think Texas gets a much needed win. Prediction: Texas 42, Texas Tech 35 Aaron Carrara (7-2) Lubbock. Night Game. Tortillas..... It’s going to be a close game that sees the lead go back and forth until the 4th quarter. Tech will go with the mobile Jett Duffy at quarterback while Alan Bowman recovers from injury - and the Longhorns have had their share of troubles stopping the run. Sam Ehlinger’s shoulder is still a bit wobbly and the Longhorns are dealing with injuries, but the Texas offense should be able to put up points against Tech’s defense. The biggest question will be how the Texas defense responds to Kliff Kingsbury’s offensive plan. Texas was hammered by the Oklahoma State and West Virginia offenses, and they must find a way to stop big plays on the ground and in the air if they want win #7. In the end I think Herman and Orlando make the necessary adjustments and prepare a game plan that seals a win. Prediction: Texas 45, Texas Tech 41 Harrison Wier (4-5) Let me preface this by saying my prediction is due to the fact that Texas has only lost one game in which I've predicted against them. Maybe my lack of faith is just what this team needs to get over the hump! With that said, a night game in Lubbock is always going to be difficult. I believe this game is really going to show Texas fans how much of Tom Herman's culture is embedded in the football program. If the team comes out flat and without energy again, I think Herman still has some work to do with perfecting his culture installation. The team has clearly been affected by back-to-back close losses, but this game is now the most important of the year. Texas can still salvage their season with a win in Lubbock, and this is no secret to Herman and his team. The Horns can either hang their heads about not finishing in close games, or go out and play competitive football. The course they choose could say a lot about Herman's culture and how much it's shaped the program. Ultimately, I don't trust the Texas defense — even against backup quarterback Jett Duffey. Duffey has good athleticism and can run the ball well. Kliff Kingsbury knows this, and will certainly try to use it to his team's advantage. If Texas can contain Duffey and force him to throw the ball, he will make mistakes. If not, it's going to be a long day in the office for Todd Orlando. The Texas offense is certainly going to put up points on Tech's defense, but can the defense make the stops needed to give the Longhorns a comfortable lead? I don't think so, and that worries me. As Tom Herman says, "Winning is hard." But winning in Lubbock is even harder. I'm not sure this team is ready to do it yet. Prediction: Texas Tech 45, Texas 42
  20. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND There is a misconception floating around that Texas Tech has made huge strides on the defensive side of the ball. To put it nicely, the Red Raiders went from unbelievably bad to just bad. David Gibbs’ defense still gives up points in bunches and struggles to stop the run on a consistent basis. Most people remember the Red Raiders respectable defensive performance in Fort Worth about a month ago when they held TCU to 14 points. What has been lost in the shuffle is that Tech has still allowed more than 40 points FIVE different times this year, most recently 51 to Oklahoma a week ago. Anything can happen in Lubbock on a Saturday night, but there is one guarantee — the Longhorns will have plenty of opportunities to score. Let’s take a look at the Texas Tech defense: Defensive Line Texas Tech boasts a defensive line that is headlined by two transfers, defensive end Eli Howard (North Texas) and defensive tackle Preston Gordon (Rice). Howard leads the defensive line with 2.5 sacks. The Red Raiders are not a team that gets to the quarterback often, ranking in the middle of the country in terms of sacks, but they are quicker than in years past. Tech is only allowing 160 yards rushing per game this year, which is a far cry from how they looked last time the Longhorns visited Lubbock, when D’onta Foreman ran for 341 yards. However, Oklahoma’s Trey Sermon ran for over 200 yards a week ago. The Longhorns will and should be able to run on the Texas Tech defensive front. Linebackers Not only will the Red Raiders be without starting quarterback Alan Bowman, but there is also a real possibility they will be without starting LB Dakota Allen, who exited the Oklahoma game with a knee injury. Allen may be the best player on the entire Texas Tech roster, and is a guy who can defend in space while also serving as a run stopper. It’s hard to overstate who important he is to the Red Raiders' defense, and his absence would be bad news for a team who let Oklahoma score at will a week ago after he exited. Middle linebacker Jordyn Brooks ranks second on the team in tackles (behind Allen) with 46. Brooks is a multiyear starter who compliments Allen well and is a reliable tackler. Secondary DaMarcus Fields and Desmon Smith are experienced corners who will look to hold up against Collin Johnson. Smith stands at 6’2, and conventional wisdom says he matches up better with Johnson, but Fields may actually be the best corner on the roster. The Red Raiders have a pair of senior safeties in Jah’Shawn Johnson and Vaughnte Dorsey. Both players have years of starting experience and are familiar with David Gibbs defense. The Longhorns will also see John Bonney, who spent the first 4 years of his collegiate career in burnt orange. Bonney has 25 tackles on the season and has looked to carve out a niche in Lubbock as a backup safety.

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