November 2, 2006

Scouting the Longhorns

Can Oklahoma State hold on to a big lead over Texas this year?

After two straight seasons of running out to a big lead, only to lose it in the second half, the Cowboys are hoping their offense can do the same this season, and that their defense can hold off the Longhorns.

Even though they lost their re-match against Ohio State this season, the Horns have regrouped nicely and are still a factor in the BCS title game race. They beat Oklahoma again and went on the road to Nebraska and picked up a nice road win.

So what could stop Texas from having another undefeated Big 12 season? Their passing defense, which is as leaky as the Titantic, post-iceberg (right ahead!). Luckily for the Cowboys, passing is a big strength. Because of that, it should be a very interesting and likely high-scoring affair. This might be a game that comes down to whoever has the ball last, if the trends of both teams continue.

LONGHORNS AT A GLANCE
2005 record
: 13-0 (9-0 Big 12)
Record so far this season: 8-1 (5-0)
Top returning player: This is a hard one, since Colt McCoy is having a fantastic season, but he was redshirted last year. A case could be made for Jamaal Charles as well, but I'm going with Limas Sweed. Far and away the main target for McCoy, Sweed has 642 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season, he only had 545 yards and five scores, but was the No. 3 option (statistically) behind Billy Pittman and David Thomas. Sweed averages 17.4 yards per carry and his longest reception on the season was a 60-yard strike.
Current ranking: No. 4 AP, No. 7 BCS
Fact of the week: Texas has nearly 50,000 undergrad students. Think about that. OSU only has about 25,000. In Austin, that's all the female or male students. That's just staggering.

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