Pre Game Kansas State

Hurry Up No Huddle
aka HUNH

I’m concerned that the fat man at Iowa State has given Kansas State and the rest Texas’ remaining opponents the blueprint for shredding the conference leading Longhorns defense. On a related note, the three man front isn’t working for the Horns. Hey, Vance and Charlie, “can the three-man front.”

At Charlie Strong’s press conference on Monday, he was asked about Tyrone Swoopes’ foot speed relative to his recent success running the ball. Strong smiled and chuckled, and the press chuckled. When the same subject was broached later in the press conference with the affable, mild-mannered Swoopes, he didn’t smile or chuckle. Interesting.

Strong hasn’t suspended or dismissed anyone from the team in six weeks or so. Knock on wood.

I have a question for those of you who have played defense on the high school level or higher. When a quarterback fakes a handoff with his hand that doesn’t have the ball, does that fake anybody out?

I have another question. Did Jackson Browne really want to play a little bit longer?

I like 11 a.m. kick offs for away games. It gives you time to get other stuff done in the late afternoon. I’ve found a late afternoon run after a game particularly satisfying after a win or a loss, obviously for different reasons. Speaking of morning football viewing, I remember during football season in 1983 when Helen and I were newlyweds, how getting up at 10 a.m. Sunday morning to watch the Fred Akers Show was getting up early. 1983 was a good year and a good year for Longhorn Football.

While we’re on the subject, I remember in 1977 during Fred Akers’ first year as the Texas head hoach, how bad he was on his Sunday morning show. When the Horns got to 6-0, 7-0, 8-0…..we kind of forgot about how bad he was on Sunday morning.

The Longhorns sure could use a running back with some speed and explosiveness.

Hey, did you hear about Joe Bergeron being suspended at Texas A&M Commerce for team rules violations? For God’s sake Joe.

Remember when I said I wasn’t worried about the Longhorns being passed up by A&M or Baylor?  How do you like me now?

Back to the defense, the weak link is at linebacker. Aside from Jordan Hicks, who is having a very good season, the linebackers are hesitant and lack football instincts. Steve Edmonds has played well in spurts but still seems indecisive most of the time.  Strong has inserted several freshmen on offense and defense that have been making significant positive contributions. I wish he could find some for the linebacker position.

At the beginning of this week, I was feeling sanguine about the Longhorns prospects for winning the Kansas State game. But as the week has worn on, I can’t get the vision out of my head of Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters having a big day running by taking advantage of the Horns’ defensive ends, who often lose containment, and the aforementioned hesitant and indecisive Longhorn linebackers.

Hopefully I’m wrong, and as the character Red said in the Shawshank Redemption, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

Iowa State Over/Under Analytics
Over the years I have always looked for questions, while reviewing the results, that most players got right or wrong. Analyzing results this way gives me a barometer of sorts of how my readers perceive the Longhorns week to week.

Last week every single player got right the answer to 49.5 yards for Iowa State’s longest kickoff return. Every Nick Rose kickoff was a touchback hence everybody got it right. I may have to can that question for a couple of years.

Only three of the 15 contestants were right that Texas would fall behind at some point during the game. Too much Burnt Orange Kool-Aid drinking I guess.

HooK ‘eM,

W.E.

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3 Comments to “Pre Game Kansas State”

  1. I saw Jackson Browne several times from Mississippi to Texas–he would play all night if you let him–especially with pedal steel virtuoso David Lindley by his side singing “Oh won’t you stay??….just a little bit longer??…..””

    Sorry–Kool-Aid has worn off…afraid it’s time to “come down” on Sunday morning….wah….

  2. Yes, Jackson Browne definitely wanted to play a little longer.

    Big thumbs re your call on defensive ends and outside backers losing edge containment.

    Only route to Texas victory is pressure on, and containment of, Waters. Agree that the three-man defensive line can’t get pressure.

    Heard a funny Bill Snyder reference on the radio this morning … a texter to the drive-time 104.9 FM show referred to Snyder as Jessica Tandy (think, “Driving Miss Daisey.

  3. Yes, Jackson Browne definitely wanted to play a little longer.

    Big thumbs re your call on defensive ends and outside backers losing edge containment.

    Only route to Texas victory is pressure on Waters and containment of Waters. Agree that the three-man defensive line can’t get it done. Certainly can’t get any pressure.

    Heard a funny Bill Snyder reference on the radio this morning … a texter to the drive-time 104.9 FM show referred to Snyder as Jessica Tandy (think, Driving Miss Daisey)

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