Various and Sundry

Over the objection of one of my sternest critics, in tribute to Ben Barnes, it’s time for Willie Earl’s annual “Various and Sundry” column on a variety of subjects—some of them Longhorn Football related. 1.  Iowa State’s offense looks like a very tough matchup for the Texas defense. ISU is 8th in passing offense, 16th in total offense, and 19th in scoring offense. Texas is 124th in passing defense, 109th in total defense, and 89th in scoring defense. Iowa State’s offense passed the Willie Earl “eye test” last Saturday night when they put up 41 on Oklahoma. As I mentioned […]

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Kansas State Over/Under Results

In Texas’ biggest win of the year, Mark Adams, Clayton Frink, Steve Holstead, and Wes Peoples tied for first place with seven correct answers.  Mark emerged as the victor as he was the only one of the four to correctly pick LSU and Minnesota to cover the spread. David Frink and Jeff Otto tied for fifth place with six correct answers. The average score was 5.3 Briefly The Kansas State was a must win and a huge win for the team and yes the program.  Hopefully it will give the team and especially the defense a much needed confidence boost.  […]

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Popular Psychology

Have you psychoanalyzed the Longhorns yet?  It’s the new big thing, the latest craze and if you haven’t done it yet you better hurry before nobody cares anymore.  If Texas beats Kansas State it will be generally assumed that the ship has been righted and it’ll be on to the Big 12 Championship game. If they lose there will be a general consensus that the Horns are a collective head case and the rest of the season will be just a matter of how thorough the team’s implosion will be. My one-and-only trusted and reliable top-secret inside source whispered to […]

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Diagnosis and Prognosis

When you catch the common cold you don’t need a doctor to diagnose what’s ailing you and Longhorn fans don’t need Kirk Herbstreit to diagnose what’s ailing their team.  It’s a historically bad defense that can’t stop the pass (126th out of 130 nationally), rush the passer (97th nationally in sacks), or stop the run (68th nationally).  Making matters worse, Sam Ehlinger has thrown six interceptions in the last two games after throwing only one in the first six games of the season. Perhaps he’s pressing a bit because he thinks he needs to score on every possession because the […]

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TCU Over/Under Results

In the third largest field in the 13 year history of Willie Earl’s Over/Under contest, Steve Holstead emerged victorious turning in a strong performance with eight correct answers.  Eric Vogl, David Bergstrom, Al LoCascio, and Mitchell Frink tied for second with seven correct. The average score among the 20 contestants was a pretty healthy 5.8. BF Coming Friday thoughts on the state of the Longhorn program and the rest of the 2019 season.

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