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First off, all you guys lucky enough to make the trip to Oxford will have a great time. There is no hospitality like southern hospitality and the folks in Oxford have it down to an art form. Absolutely great game day environment. And the scenery ain't bad either.
I posted this on another thread but will recite here as well. I like Texas fairly big in this game. The Horns ran a purposeful offensive scheme in the first two games. I can't shake the feeling that Texas knew they could out-athlete Wyoming and UNM and designed the packages to work on specific parts of the playbook. The defensive game plan was likewise pretty vanilla with not much in the way of the exotic packages we've come to love Manny Diaz for.
This game, I think, will be much different. This is a prime time, nationally televised night game against an SEC opponent (on the road) that should draw lots of attention nationally. I think this is the game the wrapper comes off and we get to see what this offense--and defense--will really look like. They are playing a team very much in transition (new coaches, new schemes, and personnel that don't fit). Hugh Freeze is a good coach and at first glance, Ole Miss looks to be a much improved team. While that may be true, Ole Miss is not built to take down Texas. They are very light on defense and will be facing a Texas team that has fashioned itself into a downhill rushing attack with nasty attitudes on the o-line. Dom Espinosa won't be pushed into the backfield this game, and his quick feet will work to his advantage (and that of Texas). Texas has speed galore and once the Ole Miss defense gets leaned on some, the Texas speed will become a significant advantage.
On defense I expect we'll see Manny turn the dogs loose. Ole Miss now fancies themselves a spread offense. You know, the kind that proliferate the Big XII. Texas is tailor-made to defend this type of attack with quick and aggressive playmakers in the back seven. I think Ole Miss will have trouble holding the point of attack and that Bo Wallace will spend a great deal of time out of the pocket. He may be a good athlete but having to throw on the run isn't a recipe for long-term success. Especially against a unit with the speed Texas possesses.
I don't think this one will be another slow start for Texas. I suspect they come out guns blazing and looking to put it away early. Again, this is a statement game and the game plan we see should reflect that.
I have sort of a bad feeling on this one. Good guys win, but no blowout. 31-20 ... and I'll be satisfied with the W.
I agree with this. I don't really know why so many people are worried about Ole Miss. I mean they are the bottom of the SEC. If we can't handle them and with relative ease, we have major problems. Like you said, the matchups play to our advantage. I'm also not sold on Bo Wallace at all.
I like where your head's at. I can't wait to get to Oxford!
Texas 31 Ole Miss 13
I think Texas will open up the offense a little in this game, and the DL dominates this game.
Some yardage, but no redzone for the rebels.
Big running day for horns with Brown and Gray at 100+. Speed kills.
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random prediction, i feel like Texas should dominate, and if they don't then were not ready for big time football.
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I'm with you on the defensive scoring but going with a little less offensive scoring as Harsin overthinks TOP. It's close at the half (like 14-7) but Daje has his way in the 3rd as we zip them for 2 more TD's. Case mops up in the 4th but overthrows a wide open Bryant Jackson on a fade, and thus misses your score by 7. Sorry.
Horns - 31
Scarlet Letters - 13
Last month I did my annual regular season score predictions and for this game, I came up with 34-13, Horns. For many of the same reasons ChampKind alluded to, I am tempted to add a couple of UT TDs, but I will stick my original pick. Malcolm Brown busts loose this week.
"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
I don't think the tackling problems and alignment miscues get completely fixed and Freeze will have plenty of trickeration up his sleeve. Ole Miss will bust a few, but Texas will pull away late.
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34-20 Good guys
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I enjoyed that post. May I suggest that you break that down and repost the applicable segment each week for the upcoming opponent?
After such conservatism from the last two games, I am wondering if Harsin has any "go for the throat" plays so-o I am going with 28-10, us.
Well, so far this is how my picks have gone.
Wyoming @ Texas: My prediction was 56-16. The score was 37-17. I was a bit over-enthused about UT's offense and Ash's development.
New Mexico @ Texas: My prediction was 49-0. The score was 45-0. Not too shabby.
34 - 10 Texas
Looking for field goals.
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We'll go ahead and pin this one.
Same rules apply. One free month to the winner.
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Ole Miss 13
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