Texas Longhorns Football - 2012

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  1. MojoMan

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    Same song, different verse. Apparently neither McCoy or Ash has distinguished themselves during camp, so they will split time at QB for the Longhorns again this year, at least in the opening game.

    Not that hardly anyone will get to see the first game, as the first two games will be broadcast on the friggin' LHN, which is carried by almost none of the cable TV providers. Of course the cable TV providers are not to blame here, as the LHN just does not make economic sense for most consumers or most cable TV networks. Personally, I am looking forward to the end of the LHN experiment, which increasingly appears to be just a matter of time.
     
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    The AP preseason poll has Texas ranked #15 to start the season:

    http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings

    Also ranked among the Big 12 are:

    04 - Oklahoma
    11 - West Virginia
    19 - Oklahoma State
    20 - TCU
    22 - Kansas State

    As a result, 6 of 10 teams in the league will be ranked in the top 25 to start the year. This is shaping up to be a pretty tough conference.
     
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    Then again, it looks as if the Longhorns offense may be primarily orchestrated around the running game this year.

    It has been a while, but for those who remember, three yards and a cloud of dust is what Texas has been primarily famous for on the offensive side of the ball. Think Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams and all of the other excellent RB's that have come out of Texas over the years.

    This year, the Longhorns have at least two NFL quality backs in Malcom Brown and Jonathan Gray, and a third in Joe Bergeron who could be as well. If the Texas offensive line does their part, this should be a three back running attack that should be something to behold.

     
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    I think a good argument could be made that the Big 12 last year was deeper as a whole than the SEC last year.

    Far as the Longhorns as a whole, I agree it's likely same song second verse. The defense is going to carry this team again, and hopefully the offense will continue to grow under Harsin in his second year. It's really frustrating to see a LOT of good offensive pieces going to waste because lack of a quality QB.

    If only they could somehow squish Ash and McCoy together you'd get a capable QB. I guess i subscribe to the idea if you have two QBs then you don't have a real solution at QB.
     
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    I think UT is trying to go the route of becoming an SEC style team:smothering Defense and prolific running game. I liked what I saw out of the D last year and I think the running game has a chance to be one of the best in the country. I think the D can certainly be top 5 if not top 10. The running game is potentially very dangerous and has 3 really good youngsters carrying the rock. This will be a return to the days of Ricki and Priest establishing the tone rather than Vince or Colt.

    My prediction is the D and running game will propel the team to a top 10 finish. The team won 11+ games with Chris Simms as a QB: surely Ash and/or Case are not significantly worse than Simms.
     
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    I think you are right. Of course defense has always been key, but for most of Mack Brown's tenure, the passing game has been much more heavily featured than I think he really wanted. Now with the re-engineering of his coaching staff and the struggles the Horns are having at QB, now is the time to make it happen.

    Of course he will only be able to stick with that approach as long as it works, as it is difficult to come back from behind solely by running the ball. The Horns will play 5 teams currently ranked in the top 25 this year and also Ole Miss. If they dominate with the run game and defense through 10 of 12 games, the Horns will finish again in the top 10.
     
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    Oklahoma should be lower. In fact, I'll be surprised if they finished ranked above 20 this year. Texas should be about 19-20 but where they finish will depend on the QB play and if they can stay healthy,

    Okie St, TCU, and KSU shouldn't be ranked IMO. I see all 3 having 3-4 losses this year.
     
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    Here is a link to the preseason depth chart for the Longhorns, for those who are interested:

    http://www.mackbrown-texasfootball.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/fb-depth-chart.html

    Also, the Longhorns have officially named David Ash the starting QB:

     
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    It always ticks me off at how the Sooners have always been coached better than the Horns. It seems like the Sooners have always been able to do really well no matter who their QB was even when that one guy got suspended and they used that WR to play QB. They still won the BIG 12 that season.

    The Horns definitely got screwed with how badly Gilbert ended up being which didn't seem possible, but it is what it is. They need to have a new QB ready to go pronto for next season.
     
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    I think you need to worry more about WV than OU this season. Though both games will be difficult.
     
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    Not worried about either one, as this should still be a rough year for the Horns. I can't remember any Longhorn team that ever over achieved under Mack Brown. They're always strapped with talent, but GD's scheme was so vanilla for so many years along with Mack's blind loyalty to certain players that wouldn't perform at times. Ash and Case just don't have any type of "it factor." They're going to have to really rely on a running game and a top defense to help them get through with an SEC style approach.
     
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    With that defense, may not need much of a QB.
     
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    I have never understood how their running game struggled all those years. UT gets the cream of the crop lineman and RB's every year.
     
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    I will only go to Longhorn games if I am rooting for an opposing player that went to somebody's high school, and I will bash them for not recruiting him....even if he is retarded, immature, goes to gay beer parties, and walks out on team meetings.

    PS-JK, I still wouldn't drive that far.
     
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    Much to my amazement, I just turned on my television, and AT&T U-verse now includes the Longhorn Network. As a result, I will be able to watch the Longhorns first two games on TV.

    AT&T had better not jack up everyone's cable rates for this, that is all I have to say.
     
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    Funny how much I hated LHN when I couldn't get it.

    What's even funnier is that I've been watching the hell out of it the last two days after I heard UVerse picked it up.
     
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    I hate the idea of the precedent being set that individual college teams will now be getting their own channels, with individual fees charged to every subscriber for each one, even though most people will have no interest in most of these channels. It is a recipe for jacking up everyone's cable TV rates, and that I hate.

    I have been watching it to. It is nice to be able to watch all of the Longhorns games this year. But prior to the LHN, all of these games were televised anyway. This is just an unnecessary ploy to milk consumers out of more of their hard-earned cash. I kind of wish that the LHN would just fold up shop and go away.
     
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    The Longhorns beat the Wyoming Cowboys in their home opener 37 - 17. Overall, the Longhorns looked less than stellar, especially early on when the Texas defense gave up a number of big plays.

    The Longhorns QB controversy is officially over. David Ash looked great as he played nearly the whole game, with Case McCoy coming in for mop up duty late in forth quarter. Ash was 20 of 27 for 156 yards and a TD. Unless he melts down going forward, Ash will be the starter from now on.

    The Horns also had two 100 yard rushers, with Joe Bergeron rushing 15 times for 110 yards and Malcom Brown rushing 14 times for 105. Total offense was 436 yards, with 280 on the ground. It was a solid offensive performance, although the OL did struggle a little early.

    The Texas defense gave up 276 yards through the air. Hat tip to the Cowboys for having some really good players in the passing game, especially their QB Bret Smith and WR Robert Herron, who caught 5 passes for 173 yards, including a short play that he turned into an 82 yard romp. While the Wyoming air attack does deserve some credit, the Texas defense will not be happy with this performance, nor should they be.

    I sure am glad that Texas was not playing a ranked team today, or they likely would have lost. But overall, Texas did get the win, so this was a nice start for the Horns and something they can build on.
     

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