October 31, 2007

Scouting the Horns

This year the saying might as well be: "We're Texas - in name only."

There's no doubt that the Texas Longhorns have had a tough season in 2007 - for their standards, anyway. After several 10-win seasons and a national title, the Horns are used to being in the Top 10, competing for the Big 12 championship and appearing in BCS bowls.

But this season has been a tough one for the Longhorns, who have seven wins, but they haven't been in that dominating fashion people are so used to seeing. So what's the deal with the Longhorns this season?

LONGHORNS AT A GLANCE
Location:
Austin, Texas
2006 record: 10-3 (6-2 Big 12)
Record so far this season: 7-2 (3-2)
Last game: Win, 28-25, over Nebraska
Game time: 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater (TV: ABC)
Current ranking: No. 14 in the AP Poll
Fact of the week: One of the more famous alumni Texas has produced is Walter Cronkite, who dropped out in 1935 so he could work in journalism. One of his first jobs? None other than WKY Radio in Oklahoma City. He joined CBS in 1950.

THE BIG THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…
… the Longhorn offense:
They're averaging 33 points a game, which is good for 29th nationally in scoring offense. The thing is, though, is that they've never really seemed to be too consistent. Just check out the box scores of games against Texas Christian, Baylor or Nebraska for proof of that. In terms of total offense, they're 18th nationally at 449 yards a game. Colt McCoy leads the Horns offensive attack, but he's been spotty as well. He has a very good completion percentage (65) and 2,350 yards passing, but he loses points for the amount of interceptions (13) he has against touchdowns (15).

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