7/6 BAYLOR (4-0, 1-0) at NR/RV TEXAS (2-2, 1-0)
Oct. 4, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. CT
Austin, Texas | DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119)
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ODB GAME HUB: Baylor Bears vs. Texas Longhorns 2014
ODB PREDICTS: Baylor vs. Texas
MEET THE PRESS: Baylor vs. Texas
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: TexasSports.com
LONGHORNS MEDIA GUIDE Click for .pdfs
LONGHORNS DEPTH CHART: vs. Baylor
LAST MEETING: 30-10 Baylor win in 2013 | ODB Game Hub
LAST GAME (for UT): 23-0 W @ Kansas
SB NATION BLOG: Two, at right
SPREAD: Baylor -16.5 (Open: Baylor -12.5)
TV COVERAGE: ABC
WEATHER FORECAST: High Saturday of 85F
BAYLOR UNIFORMS: Unknown
The Texas Blogs
As I mentioned above, Texas has two different blogs on the SB Nation network. Both are worth visiting, should you choose to leave the friendly confines. Throughout this week, I will port various things from their coverage into the hub linked above.
Texas Longhorns' 2014 Schedule
|North Texas Mean Green||Saturday, August 30 2014||win 38-7||coverage|
|BYU Cougars||Saturday, September 06 2014||loss 7-41||coverage||Tickets|
|UCLA Bruins||Saturday, September 13 2014||loss 17-20||coverage||Tickets|
|@ Kansas Jayhawks||Saturday, September 27 2014||win 23-0||coverage||Tickets|
|Baylor Bears||Saturday, October 04 2014||3:30 PM EDT||coverage||Tickets|
|@ Oklahoma Sooners||Saturday, October 11 2014||12:00 PM EDT||coverage|
|Iowa St. Cyclones||Saturday, October 18 2014||8:00 PM EDT||coverage||Tickets|
|@ Kansas State Wildcats||Saturday, October 25 2014||12:00 PM EDT||coverage||Tickets|
|@ Texas Tech Red Raiders||Saturday, November 01 2014||12:00 PM EDT||coverage||Tickets|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||Saturday, November 08 2014||12:00 PM EST||coverage|
|@ Oklahoma State Cowboys||Saturday, November 15 2014||12:00 PM EST||coverage|
|TCU Horned Frogs||Thursday, November 27 2014||7:30 PM EST||coverage|
Probably the biggest story of the Texas offseason/season thus far is not what has happened on the field but who hasn't been there in the first place. Over the last few months, new Head Coach Charlie Strong has cleaned house in Austin, dismissing or suspending nearly a dozen players. To make matters worse, starting QB David Ash suffered yet another injury forcing him to retire from the sport altogether. As nearly as I can tell, UT is missing the following players to various things:
QB David Ash -- retired
RB Joe Bergeron -- dismissed
RB Jalen Overstreet -- dismissed
RB Chet Moss -- dismissed
WR Montrel Meander -- dismissed
WR Miles Onyegbule -- injury (knee)
OL Kennedy Estelle -- dismissed
OL Dominic Espinosa -- injury (ankle)
DT Desmond Jackson -- injury (foot)
DB Chevoski Collins -- dismissed
DB Leroy Scott -- dismissed
LB Kendall Thompson -- injured
DB Erik Huhn -- injury (knee)
Each of those players will miss the entire season. In addition, three others have been suspended for all or part of the year thus far: RB/WR Daje Johnson, OT Desmond Harrison, and S Josh Turner. Rumor has it that Johnson and Harrison could return for our game.
On the other side, today's news that WR Levi Norwood has been cleared means that Baylor is finally fully healthy once again. RB Devin Chafin will also be ready to play Saturday after sitting out against Iowa State. The coaches said today that he could have played, if necessary. This past week, WRs Antwan Goodley, Corey Coleman, and Clay Fuller returned to action, though Goodley didn't exactly look 100%.
Texas' Individual Statistics:
For some reason, Texas' Sports-Reference page does not include Tyrone Swoopes at all, so their stats are almost entirely useless. My apologies for the substitute stats below courtesy of Texas' official AD website.
When Ash went down again this season, true sophomore Tyrone Swoopes took the reins as QB with true freshman Jerrod Heard as his only backup. UT would love to redshirt Heard the rest of the way, but should something happen to Swoopes, he's the one we'd see.
With Joe Bergeron, UT's 2012 hero against Baylor, gone from the team, UT turns to its pair of former-5* recruits, Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray. Neither has really gotten going so far this season due to severe issues with UT's offensive line, which is extremely inexperienced, particularly at the tackles.
Like at RB, UT basically has just a pair of wideouts, Jaxon Shipley and everyone's favorite John Harris, leading the way. Those two have combined for 51 receptions. The rest of the team has 31. My guess is that Xavien Howard will draw the taller Harris while Ryan Reid takes Shipley, who is also a weapon on punt returns.
Texas' Team Stats and Rankings
The story told above is pretty clear and well-supported by advanced stats: Texas, a strictly average team at #54 in F/+, is relatively good on defense (37th by S&P+, 6th by FEI) and terrible on offense (73rd by S&P+, 104th by FEI). They are 110th in Total Offense above, 104th in Scoring Offense, 102nd in Rushing Offense, and 99th in Passing Offense. When they throw, it's almost always short and poorly: they are 120th in passing yards per completion and 82nd in team passing efficiency. As Swoopes continues to develop and gain experience, I expect a lot of those numbers to go up, but until they protect him better (despite their slow pace, they are allowing 2.25 sacks per game), he won't have much of a chance.
- FIRST -- Do you have any specific questions about Texas that we can have answered?
SECOND --Give me your best reaction gif to John Harris' "They're still Baylor" quote today.
- THIRD -- What is our biggest concern coming out of the Iowa State game?
- FOURTH --Give me a turnt rating from 1-10 coming off Iowa State. 1 = You just got dismissed from your job by Charlie Strong. Define 10 yourself. Use gifs, if you like.
- FIFTH -- Levi Norwood is back. Does he score a special teams TD this week or just catch a pass for a TD?
- SIXTH -- We've already seen stormtrooper this season and white-white-green. Yes/No: Chrometrooper for Texas?