Oregon State vs. Texas: Ash earns start
Top-25 showdown in Texas
STATS to watch: Keep it simple
By Carter Strickland
While maintaining that not much is going to change on offense, Applewhite at least has embraced what should be a pretty simple tenant of college football.
"I've always felt like even as a player, this game is about players; put it in the best guys' hands, and let them make plays," he said. "I think sometimes we over think it a little bit as coaches, so I'm excited to watch these guys go play."
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Offense without Bryan Harsin
Max Olson: Texas 21, Oregon State 17
Carter Strickland: Oregon State 33, Texas 28
William Wilkerson:Texas 34, Oregon State 24
Read the staff's full predictions here.
FOUR DOWNS: A fresh start
By Sean AdamsI wrote weeks ago that David Ash was still the best option, even into 2013, for the Texas Longhorns. With Applewhite now the quarterback coach, he will get the chance to mentor and work with Ash.
Whether people want to admit it or not, Ash is getting a fresh start. The order of importance for the Longhorns should be defense, running game, special teams and then passing game.
Does Ash have to be great in that scenario? No, he does not. Ash's job almost seems simple in nature. He just has to do his job and do what he is taught. If he can trust his preparation and commit to doing everything to the best of his ability, he will be successful.
He does not have to do what Michael Vick did at Virginia Tech in 1999. He does not have to do what Johnny Manziel has done for Texas A&M in 2012. He does not have to do what Colt McCoy did at Texas in 2009. David Ash can be what Ken Dorsey was at Miami (Fla.) in 2001. Dorsey got the ball to his best players and let them put in the work to put points on the scoreboard.
Ash doesn't have to go out and put Texas on his back and win every game. He just can't be the reason Texas loses.
Read Adams' four downs here.
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