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I guess I'll respectfully disagree with all of you guys and ask if I am the only person that thinks Texas beats K State comfortably? Last season, we played out the hard fought nasty ground and pound scenario you describe in the podcast without a healthy Brown, Bergeron or Shipley and lost a close game that might have even gone the other way if not for a couple toss-up officiating calls. Hubert and Klein are excellent players, but they struggled mightily against Texas (in large part because Manny Diaz eats one dimensional offenses for breakfast).
This year, Texas gets a new dimension to both its running offense in Gray and defense in Brown. Texas should be schematically improved on both sides of the ball, now that players are comfortable with both new coordinators full playbooks. Injuries are hard to account for, but are more or less equally likely to affect both teams.
I think the Wildcats take a step forward this year too, albeit a smaller one than Texas. Their main advantage this year seems to be General Winter, but I just don't think it will be enough to make up for K State's deficits in depth and schematic multiplicity. Even if weather completely negates UT's advantage in the passing game and turns this game into a war of attrition at the LOS, I think they'll fresher by a wide margin at the end (especially at RB and in the interior of both lines). My prediction is 24-13 Texas.
EDIT: Keep up the good work! For some reason, Wednesdays always go by the fastest for me...
This post was edited by on 8/11/2012 at 1:13 PM
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