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Texas Football 2018-2019

Discussion in 'College Sports' started by rguilmar, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. rguilmar

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    Just a few days away from the season...

    Will the Horns score enough points to win games? They roll into 2018 as a Big 12 anomaly, with a solid defense and a "who knows what to expect??" offense. Last year, the D was more than solid and returns most of the two deep. The first critical question has been answered with Sam Ehlinger being named the starter for game 1. Many more remain, like will he still be the starter in game 2, 3 and so on? Who will be the primary back

    I've read a lot of the "Nobody respects us" headlines this year. Unfortunately, respect is earned on Saturdays not in recruiting class hype, so Texas really needs a strong 9 or 10 win season, which is doable.

    The Longhorns start with off-season headline war winning Maryland. The Terps program is in totally disarray and anything short of a decisive W will leave fans asking questions. Then it's on to the mighty Golden Showers...er Hurricanes of Tulsa. In decades past, these would be penned in as wins, but recent seasons of mediocrity leave those pencilled in very, very lightly. The season really kicks off with USC's visit to Darrell K Royal followed a week later by TCU. A trip to Manhattan is the week after, followed by the Red River Rivalry. This early stretch will likely make or break the season. A brief reprieve with a visit from last year's off-season headline war winning Baylor Bears (who my wife calls "Boo"-lor after their own recent crisis of character) followed by a bye week. A trip to Stillwater is ahead, followed by a visit from West Virginia, then a winding down of the regular season with games against Texas Tech (A), Iowa State (H) and Kansas (A).

    I look at 6 must wins (Maryland, Tulsa, Baylor, TT, ISU, KU) and 6 coin-flips. Of those coin flip games, 4 are at home and one is at a neutral site. Only one is a true road game, at Kansas State. The schedule more than anything seems to have Texas fans excited for the season.

    If they could only score enough points...
     
  2. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    If the o-line is decent, I think 9 wins is certainly attainable. If they can’t, 7 max.

    I’ll be at FedEx Saturday - my first Texas game since the greatest football game ever played.
     
  3. LeftyTG

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    I am happy to report that Pat Vahe is a Red Sox fan. He went out of his way to compliment my Sox hat when I saw him last week.

    I might be blinded by my proximity to the program, but I am incredibly excited and optimistic for this season.

    I have a lead on USC tickets that I'm really, really hoping comes through. Otherwise it'll be the WVU game and possibly TCU.
     
  4. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I’m fucking livid.

    Watching this team play is a punch to the junk. They’re the most undisciplined team I’ve ever seen and they have absolutely zero offensive identity or gameplan.

    The defense is substantially worse because they lost their 3 best players. I get it, maybe they’ll improve as they get experience.

    The offense should be better. They’re worse.

    Everything is slow to develop, they don’t seem to have any knowledge or plays to get athletic playmakers the ball in an open field, the QB starts because of his ability to improvise and run AND YOU CALL TWO RUNNING PLAYS and eliminate any chance to improvise with screens to the flat to Kyle fucking Porter.

    They are junk players with PFs and late hits. They extended 3 drives yesterday bevsyse P.F. calls and Maryland went on to score on every one of them.

    They were unprepared to start an had no answer for true freshmen - Maryland ran its offense through him and Texas had no answer, they only got back in the game because Maryland’s coach seems like an idiot.

    They got embarrassed by a team playing without a head coach and after months of drama bevayse they murdered a guy on the field.

    Herman might not get canned this year but he will next. It’s Strong 2.0 except Herman is too egotistical to show and admit he’s in over his head.

    They’re going to be 1-5 after OU. I don’t see them beating purple wizard, that guy can scheme still.

    Texas is Iowa State. I should quit caring.
     
  5. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Oh but the OL played well and kept a clean pocket for the most part. Progress?
     
  6. Kremlin Watcher

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    Wake me up when CDC fires Herman and runs an actual coaching search.
     
  7. rguilmar

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    I’m old and hungover, so I’m gonna watch tonight. But I’m not very excited about this. It’s not that USC is a great team. It’s just that Texas has looked awful this season. USC has one touchdown so far this season, and I’m expecting them to surpass that total in the first 15 minutes tonight. Sigh.
     
  8. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Fire everyone. Including the players. Everything about Texas football sucks.

    Let Lake Travis play at DKR, they’d be more competitive.
     
  9. LeftyTG

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    turns out games last 4 quarters.
     
  10. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    USC quit. TCU won’t.

    Joke aside after trailing 14-3 something flipped. We’ll never know but the offense plsycsllibg was night and day to whst it has been all season. They got to open it up more.

    The DBs are badass. The safeties get best far too much and Roach appears lost 3/4 plays.

    But it’s a big win and atmosphere was electric.
     
    #10 canderson, Sep 16, 2018
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  11. Bosoxen

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    It still remains to be seen whether or not the on field performance can be maintained but it is clear that the home field advantage is very real. There was a nice article in Sports Illustrated in which they talk about the massive difference between this year and years past.

    Some highlights:
    This last bit is apparent even on television. After big plays on defense, the music is blaring on the PA right up until the opposing offense lines up for the snap. That eliminates the ebb and flow and allows the crowd to work itself into a lather.

    The re-configuration of the student section also comes with the benefit of relegating the opposing team's band to setting up at the summit of Mt Everest:

     
  12. LeftyTG

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    I've been to two of the three home games so far this season, and the difference could not be more noticeable. This year, for the first time since I've been here (moved in 2010), there is an actual game day atmosphere. The student section is soooooooooo much better, and the changes they've made with Bevo Blvd and Longhorn City Limits are great and really make it fun to get there early and mill around.
     
  13. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    The band needs to slow The Eyes of Texas wayyyyyyy the hell down though.
     
  14. Bosoxen

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    Yeah, I noticed that. Thought I was having trouble with the tempo because I had too much to drink. Glad to know that wasn't the case!
     
  15. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    So that 4th quarter was pretty inexcusable buuuuuuut beating OU is always great.

    How they lost to Maryland I’ll never understand,
     
  16. Bosoxen

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    Y'all need this in your lives.

    Because it's 11:55 and... Screenshot_20181006-235509_Nova%20Launcher.jpg IMG_021811.jpg
     
  17. WestMassExpat

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    So, win tonight and we are in a good spot for the Big12 championship game. Will be nice to have a diversion to click away from the sox if things get Kinslered again.
     
  18. rguilmar

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    Definitely a good spot to be in considering the first two and a half games of the season. OK St has owned Texas of late and Stillwater is a tough place to play. I like the Horns’ chances this time around, but I’m guessing this is not your average Big 12 game with the score pretty low.
     
  19. Bosoxen

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    Has anyone seen my defense? Cause it's been nonexistent for about 14 quarters.
     
  20. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    They figured out Orlando and he clearly can’t make any adjustments.
     
  21. Bosoxen

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    It must be the second-year defensive coordinator curse. I heard a stat that going all the way back to Manny Diaz, Texas defensive coordinators have had some success in their first year and then fall apart in their second year. Now, to be fair to Orlando, it doesn't help to have a defense anchored by such noted knuckleheads as Kris Boyd and Brandon Jones. But that wasn't why West Virginia was able to run the ball at will.

    If you'd told me prior to the season it would be the offense that would have to drag the team across the finish line, I'd have had you committed. And yet, here we are.
     
  22. LeftyTG

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    The tackling has fallen off a cliff. There's no excuse for that.

    Beyond that though - the Texas D was down 4 starters by the second series of the game against the second best offense in the Big 12. To be sure, it wasn't a great performance, but not many teams would be able to weather losing 4 starters against WVU. The team is still building depth, and there is a particular talent deficit at LB and no pass rush. Combine that with a largely young secondary (especially when Davis went out), and, well things get rough.

    The top 10 ranking was fool's gold. This program is still building up to that. I think Ehlinger has improved a ton - way more than I ever expected. I think the Herb Hand hire has been incredible and the OL has progressed a ton with reason for optimism going forward. The team competes and doesn't get blown out, which is more than can be said in the previous 7 or 8 years. I think program building is rarely linear, and there are plenty of reasons for optimism going forward.
     

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