Open Post | Weekend, October 5th – 7th

Thursday Injury Report Going Into Dallas
– Will Baizer

Out for Season

– LB Malcolm Roach (Broken Foot)
– TE Max Cummins (Surgery)

Out

– OL Patrick Hudson (Medical)

Good to Go

– RB Keaontay Ingram (Knee)
– DB Jamarquist Durst (Shoulder)
– WR Brennan Eagles (Knee)
– DB Montrell Estell (Concussion)
– DB BJ Foster (Concussion)
– Tim Beck

 


 

Zach Shackelford to start at Center
– Will Baizer

Per Tom Herman, Zach Shackelford will start at Center vs OU.

That means the OL will look like this

Calvin Anderson – Patrick Vahe – Zach Shackelford – Elijah Rodriguez – Sam Cosmi

With Derek Kerstetter getting snaps at RG and RT.

 


 

Defensive Line Recruiting | Kuony Deng | Quick-Hitter
– Super K

I know defensive line recruiting has been an area of concern for many of you. A name to keep an eye on his that of JUCO DE, Kuony Deng (Independence CC).

I spoke with a coach over at Independence who tells me that “Texas has a good chance” to land Deng, however, “he won’t be making up his mind for a while”.

Coach said, so far Deng has taken official visits to Texas A&M and UCLA. Coach also added that an official visit to Texas is expected but not anytime soon, “since we play six Saturdays in a row starting this Saturday”.

Again, nothing imminent but at least those of you who have been asking can rest assured that Texas isn’t moving to a 2-1-8! Or the famous Mike Stoops vs. Dana Holgerson defense…the 4-0-7…

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Baseball | New Arms Expected to Infiltrate Texas Pitching Staff
– CJ Vogel

Just two seasons is all David Pierce needed to take the Texas Longhorns back to Omaha for a NCAA-record 36th time. Although, it seemed rather unlikely a .500 team 18 games into the season would find their way to college baseball’s “Big Dance,” Pierce steadied the ship quickly.

With the 2019 season slowly creeping up, an early look at the Horns’ roster leaves uncertainties regarding the team’s pitching staff.

Two of the three most dependable starters from last year’s Omaha squad have departed from the 40 Acres and have begun their professional careers.

Nolan Kingham, 8-5 with a 4.57 ERA in 16 starts last season, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 12th round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Chase Shugart, 6-5 with a 4.64 ERA in 15 starts last season, is currently with the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox low-A ball affiliate.

Pierce mentioned the tough spot Texas is in having just two starting pitchers return from last year’s team, Blair Henley and Matteo Bocchi. Luckily, the Longhorns’ 2018 recruiting class, which was ranked 8th in the nation by Baseball America, should alleviate the lack of depth.

“We have some very good young arms and some guys that have a chance to insert and help us in the lineup,” said Pierce regarding the freshman class.

The Longhorns will also be looking to fill holes left by Parker Joe Robinson, Andy McGuire and Josh Sawyer who combined for 82 appearances out of the bullpen.

“Kam Fields was outstanding and was really good [in Texas’ first scrimmage of the fall], and Bryce Elder has stepped up this summer.”

Pierce also hopes to get reliever Donny Diaz back in the mix who suffered a minor setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

While the new arms have yet to be seen outside of closed doors, Blair Henley has been impressed early on.

“These kids are legit,” Henley said. “We have (Jack) Neely, (Ty) Madden and (Kolby) Kubichek and all these big guys. I’ve looked and everyone is different and everyone is good in a different way.”

“The competitiveness with our pitchers is a lot of fun right now. These guys are really good, and I’m trying to keep up with them sometimes.”

Among the aforementioned freshmen is Ty Madden who was drafted by the Royals this summer but opted to join Pierce and the Longhorns.

Other notable freshmen arms include 6’9” starter Jack Neely, flame-thrower Kolby Kubichek, and Cole Quintanilla, who is recovery from Tommy John Surgery, but boasted a 0.65 ERA as a junior at Cedar Park High School.

If all goes well, the newcomers could play a big role in returning to Omaha for the second consecutive season.

 


 

RRS | Just The Facts
– The Football Brainiacs

Oklahoma Win %: .433

Texas Win %: .567

Texas Avg margin of victory: 12.8

Oklahoma Avg margin of victory: 16.4

Record when the game is played in Dallas: Texas leads, 49-42-4 (.537)

Record when both teams are ranked: Oklahoma leads, 20-15-3 (.566)

Record when both teams are in the top 10: Oklahoma leads, 8-7-1 (.531)

Record when both teams are in the top 5: Oklahoma leads, 5-4-1 (.550)

Record when Texas is ranked #1: Texas leads, 3-0-1 (.875)

Record when Oklahoma is ranked #1: Oklahoma leads, 6-2-0 (.750)

Record when Oklahoma is ranked higher: Oklahoma leads 29-11-2 (.714)

Record when Texas is ranked higher: Texas leads 20-5-1 (.788)

Record when only Oklahoma is ranked: Oklahoma leads, 11-6-0 (.647)

Record when only Texas is ranked: Texas leads, 10-3-0 (.769)

Longest winning streak by Texas: 8 games

Longest winning streak by Oklahoma: 6 games 

Most points scored by Oklahoma: 65 (2003)

Most points scored by Texas: 45 (2005; 2008)

Record, when the total points scored, was 20 or fewer: Texas leads, 19-10-3 (.641)

Record, when the total points scored, was 60 or more: Oklahoma leads, 8-2-0 (.800)

Largest margin of victory by Oklahoma: 52 (2003) 
Largest margin of victory by Texas: 33 (1941)

Texas Win % in Even Years: .518

Oklahoma Win % in Even Years: .444

Texas Win % in Odd Years: .569

Oklahoma Win % in Odd Years: .379

Games decided by 3 or fewer points (no ties): Texas leads, 11-7 (.611)

Games decided by 30 or more points: Oklahoma leads, 9-6 (.600)

Both teams have shut out the other ten times.

Texas Avg margin of victory in shutouts: 16.0

Oklahoma Avg margin of victory in shutouts: 19.5

Record on leap years: the series is tied 12-12-2

Record in games not played on a Saturday: Texas leads, 9-4-0 (.692)

Record when kickoff is at 11AM (last 50 years): Oklahoma leads, 5-4-0 (.555)

 

Record by decade, Texas leads in six and Oklahoma leads in six:

1900s: Texas leads, 9-2-1

1910s: Oklahoma leads, 6-3-0

1920s: Texas leads, 3-0-0

1930s: Texas leads, 6-3-1

1940s: Texas leads, 8-2-1

1950s: Oklahoma leads, 7-3-0

1960s: Texas leads, 9-1-0

1970s: Oklahoma leads, 6-3-1

1980s: Oklahoma leads, 5-4-1

1990s: Texas leads, 7-2-1

2000s: Oklahoma leads, 6-4-0

2010s: Oklahoma leads, 6-2-0

 

Texas has 4 coaches with at least 5 wins against Oklahoma.

Oklahoma has 4 coaches with at least 5 wins against Texas.

Oklahoma has 1 coach with at least 10 wins against Texas (Stoops).

Texas has 1 coach with at least 10 wins against Oklahoma (Royal).

Since the AP Poll started, Oklahoma and Texas have played 82 times. At least one of the teams have been ranked in 68 of them.

The all-time score between the two teams Texas 1,974 to Oklahoma 1,947

 


 

TFB Hate Week | Texas – ou
– Gabriel

Can you believe it’s already Texas-ou week? I can’t. This season, like others, is moving too fast, especially because of the extra fun of winning games. It’s been a while since both teams come into this game ranked. Texas has much to prove against perennial power, ou.

If this year is to be truly ‘different’, a crowning achievement will be to bloody up a good ou team and leave no doubt who the bigger badder team is. I can’t imagine how hungry Texas players are for a win. I almost expect them to tackle boomer and sooner while pulling the wagon, then drawing and quartering the horses for a macabre feast in front of thousands of shocked fans, well, only half, to be honest. Anyhow, enough with my dark Texas-ou fantasies. Let’s discuss the game.

Defense

It’s another year and another Lincoln Riley offense. While ou certainly lost something with Baker Mayfield leaving, and then some, it would seem the sooners offense is business as usual, racking up yards and big plays. Now led by Kyler Murray, the ou offense has taken on a slightly different feel because Murray is just as squirrelly as Mayfield, but much faster. While you lose some progression-based passing, some of that is made up for with Kyler’s ability in the open field, a truly scary prospect (inner Mack Brown). There is power and incredible speed on this ou offense. Texas will need to dismantle the sooners up front and cap the big plays to pull off the upset.

Speed Deep (Brown) – The main issue here is Marquise Brown and to a lesser extent, Ceedee Lamb. Brown can stretch the field in a hurry and run past the fastest defensive backs Texas offers. It’s important to stay over the top of Brown or in his hip pocket to limit his effectiveness. Part of that will have to be done up front by disallowing Kyler Murray time to set and toss deep shots. Expect streaks down the sideline, expect the Post, and the Cross, not to mention some motion. One idea they’ve done well executing is a Drag concept against two-deep zone, tough to defend if not marking ou’s space and speed threats. You saw last season, Boyd was beat deep early, then others late. Double moves remain a concern and part of me wishes for a conservative approach on the back end to first, not get beat deep. Brown lines up mostly on the right side and you can expect Boyd to match with him for much of the game, godspeed, Kris. Texas needs his best game this Saturday.

Counter Trey – Riley is in love with this concept. In fact, I hear he sleeps with this section of the call sheet every night. The sooners run it often and well. It’s especially deadly when the quarterback is the runner. All three levels of the defense need to be versed in stopping it. It gave them trouble to begin last season’s contest. The hope is, the season, the bud is nipped. The pulling linemen (guard and tackle) quickly flip the numbers, attacking the perimeter opposite, this means the defense must match and also produce a free tackler, whether it be someone shedding a block well or a safety fitting a newly created gap to the play side. Beware, Riley likes to tag other concepts to this action, so every defender assigned a run fit will need to key any receiving threat in his zone.

Kyler Murray – Be honest, y’all have liked Murray since his days at Allen. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s clear why he was such a prized recruit. Though small, he has a big arm and is also very fast. Orlando needs a plan for the diminutive dual-threat quarterback because any sloppy rush such as overruns or improper spacing may yield big plays, let alone missed tackles. Texas will need a very disciplined rush from some of its more veteran players to contain and close down on Murray. Leaving straight-line paths to escape will derail pass down defense.

Smother The Run – The Texas defense takes away interior gaps and spills runs. They do this well and it’s repetitive. This Saturday is no different. However, look for Texas to bring numbers to bear against the run game. The idea is to force ou into more of its drop back pass game, make them work against more difficult coverage and throws. While Murray is good, he’s not Mayfield, times change. Texas can mix Cover One, Cover Six, and ‘Quarters’ to bring numbers to bear against the run while also mixing exactly how they choose to cover route patterns. Nevertheless, play some man because why else do you recruit so many talented defensive backs?

Overall – Texas has a good front, with rotation. They have good linebackers. They are among the best, if not the best in the league at defensive back. Bring all that to bear against an offense that’s seen its own struggles from time to time. The question I wonder is, can Kyler Murray win the game all by himself? It’s my opinion, he can’t. The more the Texas defense makes it so he must, the better their long-term prospects over the course of the game. Now, if Murray can and will put the team on his back to win, I’ll give credit where credit’s due. I just don’t think he can.

Offense

Simplicity is the name of the game. Tom Herman never intended to make this team ‘flashy’. Instead, he’d rather grind defenses to a pulp with a physical offensive line, multiple backs (speed and power), and land some hay-makers downfield. The offensive line has begun pushing fronts around. You saw this more and more over the course of the last 3 games. While they didn’t score much last week, they did their part to make sure the game was tilted in their team’s favor. This week is no different and to be quite honest, I’m looking for the Texas offense to submit a weak Mike Stoops coached defense. Let’s hope I’m right, shall we?

Ehlinger – The young man is defying the odds. It would appear Sam turned a corner since the USC game. He’s been making good decisions while also critically taking care of the ball. While you can’t always hope for eighty percent passing (KSU game), maintaining his production in the quick pass game will go the longest way in my opinion. Sam will be tasked with hitting a good rate on deep shots while also maintaining good production in the quick pass game. All the while he’s still a threat to scramble and run. Texas is just built differently now. They are a powerful bunch, including Sam. My only worry is that Sam is too jacked up early and starts slow. Also, stay away from Kenneth Murray this season.

Screens & Quicks – Texas will need to rely on screens and quick passes to keep ou from solely focusing on stopping the run. While ou’s run defense isn’t stellar, you still can’t give them the opportunity to constantly load the box with little care of getting burned outside. These concepts also get the ball out of Sam’s hands early, alleviating pressure and I have a feeling ou will try to bait Texas into taking shots downfield in order to send pressure against an offensive line that’s still ironing out protections. ou will also attempt to make Sam do it all. It’s the offensive collective’s job to ensure that won’t be the case. Much of that alleviation will comprise executing outside with speed and accuracy.

Pulverize – This point is placed after screens and quicks for a reason. If and when ou cannot solely focus on the run game, the offensive line will need to do what it’s built to do, bludgeon the ou front with Inside Zone, Counter, and Outside Zone (mostly the former). Something, in particular, I want to see, the Texas guards pulling up to the ou Mike. That would be Kenneth Murray. He’s only a sophomore, but he’s like the zipper of the defense, take him out and run the ball down the ou safeties’ throats. Hand and new personnel are already paying dividends and it should only get worse for opposing defenses.

Overhang Pressure – ou still likes to bring pressure from the edge and overhang defenders, the alley to the field and the edge to the boundary. This often leaves them short on speed to either side, let alone short on numbers. Texas can capitalize here multiple ways. Last season, you saw slow screens run for big plays. That should remain in the playbook. If ou is going to bring an extra man from the alley of weakside edge, routing the back to the Flat is a n0-brainer, though they need to hit fast. Lastly, varying the blocking of the tight ends to lead across to kick-out the edge defender or lead up to seal a linebacker on interior runs gives the backs one less man to beat. In a sense, Texas should have a plan to ‘invite’ pressure on early downs. If ou lays off, it’s a win, but make them pay when they come for you.

Shots – Texas runs sideline streaks, comebacks, deep curls, deep outs, and skinny post patterns. These work best with an element of play-action. ou’s defense often finds itself in ‘loose’ coverage because they like to pressure. If and when pressed up outside, Texas will take shots downfield. If off, take the space underneath. There will be no need to force the attack downfield this Saturday. If the offensive line and quarterback are both handling business, Texas will have its opportunities to gut the ou defense. There will be opportunities in the seam against one-high safety rotation and the deep hook-curl zone against two-high safeties. The Texas offensive line has some cleaning up to do after last week. Shots require protection and protection means picking up stunts along the defensive line. ou will bring similar pressure to test Texas protection. The more that are picked up, the more big plays are had.

Overall – I think this is a great match-up of styles. It was last year. Tom Herman will attempt to re-engineer a similar performance, one that focuses on physicality up front, extending drives, and field position. While ou will score some big plays, if Texas can keep it close early, land ‘body blows’ throughout, they may find themselves driving to seal a victory as opposed to leaving too much time on the clock again.