Next stop for the Longhorns are the New Mexico Lobo’s. Coming in with a 1-0 record. First time they have won an opener in years. Coached by Bob Davie former Aggie’s and Irish leader. Coach Davie had been in the booth as a commentator for college football. A little trivia Dennis Franchione coached at New Mexico and recently lead Texas State in an upset over the Houston Cougars this past weekend. And one of his former players while Franchione was at New Mexico was Brain Urlacher.
This game should be a good test for Texas. The Lobo’s come out of the Mountain West Conference which produce last week opponent Wyonimg. New Mexico handle the Jaguars easily. Southern hadn’t had much preparation time due to Hurrican Isaac. The Lobo’s keep penalties and turnovers down. Believe me the less mistakes by a team the better’s their chances to win the game.
Led by true freshman Quarterback, Cole Gautsche a home grown product. He runs the option for Offensive Coordinator Debesse formerly Head coach at Southwest Texas State and Sam Houston State. This offense has become a rarity in college football. Debesse spent many years under Coach Wacker which was a mastermind when it came to the triple option. It is still a very popular offense for Texas High School teams. The only team in the Big 12 which runs option style offense is Kansas State.
They also use another quarterback in, Holbrock and he is mainly a thrower. They threw the ball less than 15 times against Southern but completion rate was very high due to successful running game. They also have a dependable running back in DeMarcus Rogers. This type of offense requires the defense to be discipline and patient.
The Lobos’ Defense allowed over two hundred yards in passing against the Jaguars. Texas passing game needs some improvement. David has the short range down. I think he needs to work on the mid range and long ball game. Another thing they should develop is their tight ends, the most under use position in college football. The running game will be fine. I do have some concerns about Texas being able to blow defenders off the line, especially at
the center position. I would say Texas did an okay job in run blocking against Wyoming. I expected them to develop more gaping holes. Personally, I think the blocking scheme is to complicated, especially for the fullback.
Texas will win this game by 25 points or more. They should score over 40 points. I look for a good day for the passing game at least 200 yards. Again the backs for Texas should have over 300 yards n rushing.
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Written by Don Greene