Baylor vs. Texas: Change for a nickel?
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Baylor wants to go up top with the ball. Repeatedly. The Bears have the best deep threat in college football with Terrance Williams and have no qualms about sending him on streak play after streak play.
The issue for Texas is it has no qualms about allowing streak play after streak play. The Longhorns have allowed 10 completions of 30 yards or more. That's the third-highest total in the Big 12. This after only allowing 11 last year, the fewest in the Big 12.
Baylor has 22 pass plays of 30 yards or more including and FBS high of 11 touchdowns.
Ah but there is another side to this. The Bears have allowed 13 pass plays for 30 yards or more. Texas, which played it conservative against New Mexico and Wyoming and didn't play at all against Oklahoma, did prove against West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss that it has the ability to go up top.
Even in mop up top against OU, Texas did hit on a 44-yard pass play when Mike Davis got behind the defense.
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FOUR DOWNS: Follow them
By Sean Adams
As I've been going over my audio from the Texas press conference, I believe you have to respect Alex Okafor, Quandre Diggs and Kenny Vaccaro. All three have an honesty that Texas can build on. But will others follow?
In a day and age where players and coaches around the country go to press conferences and say whatever they can to get through them -- even if it is not true -- it is refreshing to hear real emotion and real accountability.
"We have no confidence in our defense," Okafor told the media on Monday. "It's not a tackling issue, it is effort and relentlessness and we don't have it. We have players taking plays off and waiting for someone else to make a play."
He also told us that he had to come to practice and lay his body on the line more and make the plays that he can make. He then offered up the perspective that the other players on the defense need to follow the lead of himself, Diggs and Vaccaro.
This is an attitude that Texas can build on and should be applauded by fans.
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