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Big Bad Texas? Not So Much

The big bad bully of the Big 12 might still be big, but they're not so menacing this year.

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

I know what you're thinking - this guy is a Kansas blogger.  What does he know about football?  Am I right?  I'm pretty sure I'm right.  Well, allow me assuage those fears right away.  First of all and most obviously, I know what bad football looks like.  Secondly, I can look west about 80 miles and see what good football looks like.  And thirdly, I can look about 330 miles to the south and see what excellent football looks like.

I'm here to tell you one thing - Texas, at least this year, is not very good.  Prime example - You know things are bad when you try to run up the score on lowly Kansas and only get to 23 points.

I was not impressed with Texas at all last Saturday, especially offensively.  If something doesn't improve there soon, they'll be lucky to go 4-5 in the Big 12 this year by the time all is said and done.  Texas scored four times on Kansas, three touchdowns (with a missed PAT!) and a field goal.  All four of those drives started in Kansas territory - inside the 30-yard-line, as a matter of fact.  The Texas offense could never get anything going against a defense that A) gave up 511 yards to Duke, and B) gave up 21 fourth quarter points to an FCS team.

Their defense was fast and will probably keep them in games, but consider - shutting down KU's offense this year isn't exactly something to crow about.  Still, a disorganized Kansas offense only went three-and-out three times, and still managed 313 yards despite four interceptions (one was a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage).

Now, this part will probably really sound like sour grapes, but you can obviously take it however you want.  I, for one, lost a lot of respect for Charlie Strong and Texas on Saturday.  In the fourth quarter, with a 16-0 lead and the opponent in absolutely zero danger of putting up any points, shouldn't the gameplan be to run as much clock as possible and get home as quickly as possible before something crazy happens?  Apparently not.

Instead, Texas ran seven rushing plays vs sixteen pass plays in the fourth quarter.  Now, at this level of sports, there's probably no such thing as "running up the score" - and I've always been a proponent of "if you don't like it, stop them."  But... I mean... really, Texas?  Really?  Running up the score on little ole Kansas?  If that makes you feel better about yourself or your performance, then ok I suppose.  I'd rather you show a little more class than that, but then, that's not up to me, is it?  Just be glad nothing crazy happened - feel free to ask Dan Hawkins about that.

I guess what bothers me the most about it is this - Texas isn't going anywhere this year.  (Ok, maybe a minor bowl game.)  But it's not like they're going to be in the college football playoff or even a BCS game.  Style points don't matter at this point.  So what was the point?

So the rest of you all, when you play Texas - don't miss your chance.  Texas might still be Texas, but this year is your prime opportunity to knock off the big bad bully on the block.  Heck, even Nebraska might be able to beat Texas this year... Ok, probably not.

Carpe diem.