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Fun things to look for at Texas-Mizzou

Here's a list of things I will be watching for Saturday for UT's national game of the week part two (of four):

  • Which hat Corso's putting on, a Tiger, or a Horn. Corso, from what I and people I have asked can remember, is oh for his last two. He did put on the Horns hat during the national championship game against USC, and also in 2005 when Texas Tech came to town. Texas (obviously) won both times.
  • How many passes Roy Miller will have thrown to him this week. Though he's been quoted as saying if a pass to him is called he wants Colt to audible, he is now even more of a threat, as teams think he can't catch. Although he is 0-1.
  • How many plays or even carries "phenom" (amazing what one 72 yard day against UTEP will do for a guy) Foswhitt Whitaker will get, as Major Applewhite has confirmed that Whitaker will be active. I'm saying he gets less than five, but more than Vondrell McGee.
  • How many 25+ yard plays "Anorexic" Chris Ogbonnaya will have, finding ways to deceive the defense into thinking that he is slower than he actually is. He's had at least two each in the last two games.
  • If Cody "Big Baby" Johnson will maintain his 1:1 ratio for carries to touchdowns for a second consecutive week. Doubtful.
  • How many times Texas will run their new version of the Q-formation, which is now a glorified way to say "John Chiles at RB." If he goes 2 carries for 1 yard again, he might not play much.
  • Which duo will catch more passes, Jordan Shipley and Quan Cosby, or Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman? It's possible both duos will combine for 20 catches. Which is ridiculous.
  • Which of the group of four receivers will stand out this week? Brandon Collins had the best game of the group against OU, but Malcolm Williams, James Kirkendoll, and Dan Buckner all will play some. Speaking of Dan...
  • Will Buckner's highly energy-saving end zone route of running to the end zone then raising a right hand to signify that one is open, as 6-4 receivers always are, result in a pass in his direction? He has had two red zone attempts in his direction, one of which has led to a TD, the other to an INT. But hey, they always put him in when the offense is in the red zone for a reason.
  • If Chris Hall makes a nasty play... wait, he's too devout to do something like that. Nevermind.
  • Which of the two QBs will throw less incompletions? McCoy (79.4%) and Daniel (76.0%) are #1 and #2, respectively, in completion percentage in the country, and those numbers, if maintained through the year (which they probably could),would be #1 and #2 in the HISTORY OF DIVISION I-A/FBS FOOTBALL. I'd be surprised if either throws below 70%. Should we start remembering the wishbone like we remember the Alamo?
  • Will either team get stopped in the red zone? Texas has been stopped once all season (the aforementioned Buckner jam INT), and Missouri has scored points "only" 89% of the time (24-27), which is easier for Texas to defend than Oklahoma's 100%. 
  • The Heisman Campaign of Colt McCoy. Will he be able to keep winning tough games and making big plays, and if he does lose, will he be able to pull a Sam Bradford and look like a Heisman candidate in defeat? If he gets hurt, do you play Chiles, Harris, or panic and put in better QBs like Quan Cosby and 2009 high school commit Garrett Gilbert (since he's probably at the game anyway)? But the actual Heisman Campaign is...
  • The Heisman Campaign of Brian Orakpo. Before you laugh, here's three key points for O-Heisman-Po: 1. He's got 7.5 sacks. 10 tackles for a loss, and three forced fumbles, and no one in America has got all those numbers. 2. He makes life significantly easier for Defensive Pass Rusher Sergio Kindle to do what he wants (those are among the scariest words in the English dictionary for offensive coordinators). 3. If he wins the Heimsan, the 5% chance Colt would leave early if he wins the award will dwindle to like 2%. 
  • How many of Roddrick Muckelroy's 8-15 tackles will actually be noticed by anyone. Though everyone will notice Kindle's.
  • The off-chance that Ryan Palmer re-injures his hamstring jumping up and down and chasing  Aaron Williams after he makes a big play.
  • If future Auburn/Clemson/Tennessee coach Will Muschamp tackles someone. He's already jumped into Kindle's arms, and has done some chest-bumping, tackling's got to be next, right?
  • If Chase Daniel is the fastest chubby guy since the late Kirby Puckett. Or Rodrique Wright.
  • (On TV only) If Brent Musberger can mention the fact McCoy and Shipley are roommates and lifelong friends enough that Kirk Herbstreit either cuts him off or punches him.
  • If Earl Thomas can add to his "incredible, yet mostly meaningless" interception list. He's already got the deep ball on the 3rd-down that was essentially a punt diving catch, and the off-the-deflection while falling out of bounds interception that was on the last play of a game that was already decided.Tough to do.
  • And finally, how long after the game until Chase Daniel and Colt McCoy go down to sixth street to chat about everything but the game.

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