Charlie Strong was listed during a tip of many preseason prohibited chair lists given Texas’s offense had been one of a Big 12’s misfortune in his initial dual seasons during a helm. Now, his position might be as uncertain as ever given he can’t margin a good defense.
The Longhorns have an up-tempo conflict that can contest with many Big 12 offenses. The problem is that they can’t stop any of their opponents. Just dual weeks after surrendering 50 points to Cal in an dissapoint loss, a Longhorns surrendered 49 some-more in their 49–31 detriment to Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon in Stillwater.
In a bizarre diversion that featured 4 blocked additional points and 62 first-half points, a Longhorns squandered another clever opening from standout beginner Shane Buechele given of a perfect inability to stop a run, pass or seem to have any thought what instruction Oklahoma State was going. Despite outgaining a Cowboys 568–557, a Longhorns were flummoxed by quarterback Mason Rudolph, who finished 19–28 for 392 yards and 3 touchdowns. Head manager Mike Gundy has prolonged been famous for his descent acumen, though Oklahoma State’s using diversion was a warn that helped lean a diversion in a favor. Freshman using behind Justice Hill finished with 135 yards rushing and a touchdown, that authorised Rudolph to stay in a slot and collect out his receivers with ease. The Longhorns have solved their descent woes of years past given of new descent coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, though defensive coordinator Vance Bedford might be a subsequent manager to go after a defense’s awful opening on Saturday.
Bedford arrived with Strong from Louisville in 2013, and survived this off-season notwithstanding heading a Longhorns to a 107th-ranked sum invulnerability final season. After a Longhorns 50–47 double-OT win over Notre Dame, many of a concentration was on a veteran intensity of Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer, not how porous a Texas delegate looked. In a swell of media hype, a Longhorns shot adult to No. 11 in a polls, with many pundits clearly unknowingly that Notre Dame’s invulnerability was each bit as bad as Texas’s. The concentration shifted after a diversion opposite Cal, that facilities a manly offense that resembles many of a Big 12’s aerial attacks. The Golden Bears shredded a Longhorns for 396 flitting yards, 507 sum yards and 50 points.
Saturday’s opening was even reduction competitive. Even with a participation of Malik Jefferson in a front seven, a Longhorns frequency put any vigour on Rudolph during a Cowboys 37-point initial half, and a delegate surrendered dual touchdown passes of over 50 yards (a third went for 36 yards). Probably a many humiliating partial for Longhorns fans was how simply a Cowboys were means to idle a defense, that is ostensible to be Strong’s forte. The foresee for subsequent week is grim, too, as Texas is set to face an Oklahoma group that facilities one of a nation’s premier quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield) and dual star using backs (Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon).
With Strong in his third deteriorate and perplexing to equivocate a Texas boosters racing to sinecure Tom Herman from Houston, his initial pierce might need to be banishment Bedford. The Longhorns haven’t been means to keep adult in these shootouts, and a waste might keep entrance if they can’t make strides defensively. Strong’s presence depends on shoring adult that side of a round to strengthen his new glossy offense. If he doesn’t, he might not be around to manage a maturation of a star recruits he’s sealed given nearing in Austin.