Wow. So, I admit that as a University of Texas fan and alum, its been a while since I've seen my team play like a bunch of mediocre chowderheads. But today, play like a bunch of mediocre chowderheads they did.
I had guessed UT would win by 14 points, even though the line was 20, last I checked. We were at home, we'd just beat Nebraska and we were playing an unranked Iowa State, a team we have ALWAYS been able to beat.
But from the start of Iowa State's second possession, we looked like a team that was just not ready to play football. I don't know if the morning's iffy weather had confused our players, if they had practiced against a local middle-school all week, or what... I suspect that the team had the same lazy attitude that they had approaching UCLA.
I confess I almost found myself dropping the "we" from my discussion about UT, distancing myself from the team in a way that I don't do when UT is winning. But, you know, I'm a Texas fan. I'm going to do my best to continue saying "we". Good times and bad and all that stuff.
Anyhow, I was actually at the game in the rain today, so my patience with this whole debacle was not terrific. I did get a little more perspective seeing how plays seemed to unfold and how the team looked in general in a way that TV sometimes can't show as they cut to commercials, replays, etc... and they just looked oddly... slow. Like they just didn't have their act together.
As a fan, I want to see us use the talent and skill we've got that seems to be squandered. I will disagree from some of the TV commentators after what I saw today: I am beginning to wonder about Gilbert. Seeing him live, he just didn't seem to know where to throw the ball far too often if the play didn't fall out exactly as he expected, and when he did release, it was kind of near the receivers, but not quite to the receivers.
Am I one of those guys who blames Greg Davis, our offensive coordinator? Oh, absolutely.
I have no idea what to expect out of the Longhorns anymore this season, but by gum I am not giving up. There's too much well recruited talent, and I think we can make adjustments. But this team is going to have to do better, and the coaches are flat out going to have to quit going to back to the same playbook everyone has already seen for the last 10 years at UT.
Here's a quick report on the game.