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Friday, September 10, 2004

Longhorns: Is it Game Time Yet? 

While I'm not looking forward to the drive that awaits in about four hours (fortunately we're splitting it up and staying in Dallas tonight), I'm so pumped up for tomorrow's Texas-Arkansas game that I can barely sit still, much less concentrate on, well, work.


Bring on the Piggies. I'm ready. Matt's ready. Our buddy Pope was ready yesterday. More importantly, the Texas Longhorns are ready. The Hogs got the best of the Horns last year, but we're not screwing around this time. They can spit on us, and toss whiskey bottles in our direction. They can refuse to sell us gas, and they can verbally berate our team and our fans.

But they can never take away our wealth and arrogance!

Or somesuch.

Here's what I see happening. The Arkansas crowd of 70,000+ will be electric come kickoff. The Razorback faithful will have been drinking for about ten hours by the time the teams take the field, so they'll have a natural advantage early on. I expect Matt Jones to make a big play at some point during their first few drives. He'll either hit a big pass down the field or pull the ball down and run for a log gain. But once the adrenaline wears off, the Hogs are done.

If I'm Mack Brown, my first offensive play will be a zone read play-action pass to TE David Thomas. If that sounds familiar, it's because we opened up that way against A&M last year. Arkansas will no doubt crowd theline to stop the dial threat of Ced Benson and Vince Young, especially after Benson ran for 12 YPC last week. If they put eight ot nine in the box, then it will leave a seam open down the middle, and we have to exploit that early.

Then we go to work on the ground. If Benson doesn't carry at least 25 times tomorrow night, Greg Davis should be blindfolded and dropped off somewhere in the Ozarks where no one will ever find him. Give Ced the ball. Run right at the Arkansas defense. Punish them time and time again. We won't put up 500+ rushing yards again, but we can hammer them until their exhausted. And everytime they load up too much, we zip one over the middle to Thomas or Bo Scaife, or toss one deep to one of the wideouts.

I don't think this one is close. 45-24 Texas.


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