Game 3: Rice at #7 Texas
Rice Owls (0-3) at Texas Longhorns (3-0)
Saturday, September 22, 2007 · 6:00 p.m. CT
Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (85,123) · Austin, TX
Television: Fox Sports Southwest*
Radio: 98.1 FM / 1300 AM (Austin)
It's been a rough week for Longhorn fans, what with another arrest to talk about and a sloppy finish to our last game. There's been some concern that talk about the team has gotten too negative around here, and though I appreciate the idea behind the feeling (I don't want a doom n' gloom community either), we have to rememeber the difference between critical thoughts on the team's play and negative feelings towards the program, coaches and players. There's no bigger fan of this football team than yours truly. The support for this team will never fade, even when we talk about things that aren't working right now.
With that out of the way, let's quickly run down the big things to watch for today:
1. Backup Quarterback: If the score gets out of hand, Texas will likely turn the reins over to another quarterback. Who will that be? How many snaps will he get? How will he be employed?
2. Linebackers: Not only would it be wise to get Norton and Muckelroy more work this week, but this evening marks the return of Sergio Kindle, as well. I'll be very interested to see how he looks.
3. Scoring Zone adjustments? This offense has oh so slowly been evolving from the VY offense into what we're seeing on the field so far this year. It's been mostly good adjustments, but some of the changes are still a work in process. We need to see some development in our schemes inside the 30, either with some tweaks in personnel (Chiles in the zone read?) or play calling. Given the state of the power run blocking (struggling), the straightahead approach should probably be shelved.
*Note: If the 2:30 Texas Tech-Oklahoma State game runs long, the Longhorn game will begin broadcasting at kickoff at Fox Sports Plus.