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Texas still isn’t ready to take the next step back to a Big 12 championship

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Understatement of the year, right? There’s nothing about a 63-21 loss to anyone, regardless of whether Oklahoma is No. 13 in the country or not, that screams “championship-caliber.”

Texas, at an apparently deceptive No. 15 ranking, clearly isn’t ready to compete for a Big 12 championship yet after dropping two conference games in the first half of the season. Oklahoma, Kansas State and perhaps West Virginia (though defense is a liability) are in that category. That part isn’t as surprising. As was noted in this year’s Big 12 preview, the Longhorns still seemed like they were a year away from being real contenders.

What is more surprising is that the Longhorns don’t look like they’ve made any progress in dealing with adversity. That’s amazing when you consider how much of it UT has faced over the past couple of years.

Every team gets hit in the mouth. Oklahoma did when it lost to K-State earlier this season, and the Wildcats have been in some close games too. Great teams respond to that and overcome it, but Texas laid down before the first half was even over, and that is a reflection on Mack Brown.

There are other problems too. Texas’ defense is clearly not what it was hyped to be before the start of the season. As a unit, the defense looks lost and can’t tackle. Get in a hole like the one UT got in today, and it’s impossible to expect the offense to do anything it wants.

Texas can still go on to have a good season, but it’s not a mature enough team to bring home another Big 12 title this year.

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20 Responses to “Texas still isn’t ready to take the next step back to a Big 12 championship”
  1. floridacock says: Oct 13, 2012 4:15 PM

    Someone needs to say it, Time for Mack Brown to retire. WAY too much talent available to play the way they have the last few years. Guess WVU’s win is a bit tarnished now.

  2. v2the4 says: Oct 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    congrats to oklahoma for winning todays game in big fashion 63-21…the dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball…

    now, as a Texas fan, this is the worst Texas defense I have ever seen. The absolutely worst…they cannot and will not tackle….they cannot get off of blocks..they cant cover in the secondary…..I know these guys are young, as there areonly two seniors on defense, five juniors and six sophomores, but most of these guys were highly recrutied, and either they arent the players every one thought they were or the coaching is highly suspect.

    the coaching right now is awful…we saw shades of that in the Ole Miss game, but it was overshadowed because UT had 663 yards of total offense…but in the last three weeks, the UT defense has given up over 240 yards rushing each game…OU had 689 yards total offense and 357 yards rushing….three hundred and fifty freaking seven….let that sink in for a moment…

    weak C-USA or Sun Belt schools dont give up 357 yards rushing, so something needs to be done.

    I have given Mack Brown the benefit of the doubt, but he has turned into the Tulane coach Mack Brown….Def Coordiantor Manny Diaz is a got dayum joke….rumor had it that UT had an “SEC type” defense….WTF does that mean? were they Alabama/LSU like or Vandy/Kentucky like…well, even Vandy and UK dont let mofos run for three straight 200 plus yards on the ground…

    its might be time to put Mack Brown out to pasture and let him live off of the fat of the land…I cant believe I just said that..he may want to call the other former UT coach…Phil Fulmer of Tennesse to find out whats about to happen if you keep living off of what you did in years past..

  3. gorilladunk says: Oct 13, 2012 4:39 PM

    NEVER want to hear Texas players, coaches and especially FANS ever blow their pie hole about their “great” defense. That was a complete embarassment. I doubt OU has run for 300 yards in a game since Switzer was running the wishbone. I’ve posted it here before and I’ll do it again. Texas does less with more than any school in the country. Another series of top 5 recruiting classes that get blasted against OU. The rich get poorer. This season looks dismal since they can’t stop anybody with a half-decent offense.

  4. TxGrown says: Oct 13, 2012 4:59 PM

    Texas isn’t ready for the top 50.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 13, 2012 5:02 PM

    Wow, what an embarrassment. Take note that Brown is currently ranked #38 on the Coaches Hot Seat. I expect him to bound into the Top 5 by Monday, and hopefully the attention he draws will take the heat off Dooley for a while after tonight’s win.

    $5.2M/year, you would think with the amount of talent in the state of Texas you could phone it in and still win 10 games. This is exactly what happened to Fulmer, he retired on active duty. There is no question that Brown will be relieved at season’s end, and with the money Texas is paying might even be able to tempt a Gary Patterson or some other firebreather and it wont take long to resurrect the program.

  6. imaduffer says: Oct 13, 2012 5:08 PM

    Don’t worry, the Longhorns will only drop about two spots in that all important “coaches poll.”

  7. blitz4848 says: Oct 13, 2012 5:16 PM

    Texas’ remaining schedule:

    Sat, Oct 20 vs Baylor = LOSS = 4-3
    Sat, Oct 27 @ Kansas = win = 5-3
    Sat, Nov 3 @ Texas Tech = LOSS = 5-4
    Sat, Nov 10 vs Iowa State = LOSS = 5-5
    Thu, Nov 22 vs TCU = LOSS = 5-6
    Sat, Dec 1 @ #6 Kansas State = BIG LOSS = 5-7

    They may pull out either the Iowa St or TCU games since both are at home to become “bowl eligible” = ROFLMAO
    If they only could “hook em horns!!!!!”

  8. v2the4 says: Oct 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    Mac Brown may make $5.2M a season, and that was based on what he did between 2004 and 2009 with Vince Young and Colt McCoy and when UT had an actual defense…10 of the 11 defensive starters from the 09 championship game with Alabama are in the nfl…Mac has also made a bunch of bad decisions…..

    he did not recruit Andrew Luck, and he became a legend at Stanford..he wanted RG III to play CB….RG III won the heisman at Baylor..they decided to go with David Ash over JW Walsh at Okie St..Walsh threw for 300 yards on that UT middle school defense two weeks ago….

    Mac Brown let a bunch of good coaches get out of here too, like chad morris OC at Clemson…Dana Holgerson, head man at West Virginia, and worst of all, he let Will Muschamp head to Florida because of his big ego….

    the current top 5 coaches on the hot seat are:

    Frank Spazinni-boston college
    Derek Dooley- Tennessee
    Gene Chizik-Auburn
    Jeff Tedford-Cal
    Joker Phillips-Kentucky.

    UT still has six games left, but I have absolutely no confidence at all in the defense..none…I have given up on them….

    I said at the start of the season, UT would go 9-3 or 10-2…they have no room for error, but the players have absolutely zero courage right now, and the coaches are just cashing checks.

  9. TxGrown says: Oct 13, 2012 5:24 PM

    “$5.2M/year, you would think with the amount of talent in the state of Texas you could phone it in and still win 10 game”
    Mack is our “A-Rod” we’re stuck with him.

  10. dcroz says: Oct 13, 2012 5:34 PM

    Last month, everyone made fun of Arkansas’s pathetic defense when they lost back-to-back games in which they surrendered 110 points total. Texas’s defense has coughed up 111 points the last two weeks against WVU and OU. Their defense is truly offensive.

  11. normtide says: Oct 13, 2012 5:38 PM

    Recruiting is not just about getting great players, it’s getting the right great players. Player evaluations are huge. Teams are taking the players Brown passes over and beating Texas. I said on the predictions page, if Texas lost this game, they would lose 4 this year and Brown will retire at years end.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 13, 2012 6:03 PM

    I think this girl speaks for all of my longhorn friends

  13. thefiesty1 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:17 PM

    I figured they’d lose 3 or 4 this year. Not now. If they haven’t learned how to tackle and block by now the season is just another wash out. What a waste of talent. It continues to amaze me with all the top recruits they get year in and year out that the coaches can screw them up and have them look so bad. Absolutely amazing.

  14. allen227 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:45 PM

    As a lifelong Longhorn fan, these last few years have been disappointing to say the least. After seeing the lack of effort today and the stupid mistakes, it makes you wonder how much more are they going to put up with. I love Mack Brown but I think he needs to step aside and move into the AD’s office. They definitely need to replace both the OC and DC immediately.

    I see all these other programs running successful offenses with less talent than we have so I know it can be done.


  15. thefiesty1 says: Oct 13, 2012 6:51 PM


    That won’t happen until Mr. Moneybags (DeLoser) dies, unfortunately.

  16. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 13, 2012 7:15 PM

    “Texas still isn’t ready to take the next step back to a Big 12 championship”


    You’re joking — right? Their “next step” would be learning the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, running, and catching. Especially tackling. As in, “wildly throwing a hand, shoulder, or knee in the general direction of an opposing runner is not generally considered effective tackling technique”.

    The radio guys in Austin right now are saying that most Texas high school coaches teach better tackling technique than what is taught under Mack Brown and Manny Diaz at UT. Hard to disagree.

    It’s kind of hard to figure out exactly what the UT defenders are trying to accomplish with their “poke and grab” tackling attempts. I could see that occasionally you might try to poke the football out – but that’s not what these guys are doing. Maybe their being told NOT to get their uniforms dirty? A little cost-saving measure by the athletic department?

  17. onbucky96 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:27 PM

    JerMichael Finely feels the chemisrty is lacking@ Texas between the Quaterback and Tight Ends.

  18. onbucky96 says: Oct 13, 2012 10:29 PM


  19. pedagoguish says: Oct 14, 2012 12:54 AM

    Let me see if I get this. Burnt Orange draws talent from the most prolific high school football system in the nation. Football is so important to you rednecks that you pay your high school coaches five times what you pay your teachers. Yet Bevo consistently deposits cow pies all over the Cotton Bowl. Sumpin’ ain’t right here.

    For your sakes, I’m sure as Hell glad you didn’t decide to join the PAC 12. Finishing below Colorado, Utah, and Washington State would probably make y’all sicker than those little kiddies riding the spinning teacups at the state fair.

    The root cause of your troubles are those ridiculous cowboy hats y’all parade around in. Your cheerleaders with their cute little chaps remind me of contestants on Toddlers and Tiaras. I’m afraid you just wouldn’t fit in on the Left Coast. We don’t have a lot of ten-gallon heads out here.

  20. atmason says: Oct 14, 2012 1:33 AM

    Mack Brown has a health issue, and probably doesn’t even know it. As he has declined over the past 3-4 years, so have the horns. As someone with the same problems, it is very easy to see just looking at pictures of him. It is what it is.

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