After spending literally dozens of hours breaking down game film, I’ve identified several key areas that the Longhorns are going to need to focus on to find success this week. It’s a rougher road than you might expect, so buckle up, gang. Let’s break it down:
This year’s rejuvenated defense will be looking to replace Holton Hill on the outside for the remainder of the season, due to his suspension for a violation of team rules. A tall order, to be sure, but a terrific first step would be to not lose to fucking Kansas at football.
There are a number of options available to Texas that can maximize the strengths of the personnel still available on Saturday, but under no circumstances should the Longhorns utilize an offensive approach that results in losing to fucking Kansas at football.
With a unit that mostly ranges from solid to excellent, it’s critical that this game doesn’t come down to a field goal, the one glaring special teams weakness, because it is so, so important that Texas not lose to fucking Kansas at football.
While the staff will have its hands full managing the quarterback situation and any recurrence of injuries, it’s unclear how much the Jayhawks will be able to do to test the planning put in place by the Longhorns coaches. Probably the most crucial adjustment they’ll be called upon to make in this game is to not lose to fucking Kansas at football.
I’m aware that all of this is asking a lot, and maybe it’s unwise to hope for this level of performance from the Longhorns. But if they can somehow find a way to put forth a near-perfect effort in all 4 areas I’ve identified, Texas might – might! – walk away from this one without losing to fucking Kansas at football. Fingers crossed.