Does it seem like Mack Brown is being a little too complimentary to the Cowboys in his press conferences, given that OSU has been blown out once and beaten two schools with lesser talent? Is he usually like that in press conferences, or is he trying to kill us with kindness? Even the UT WR said they might need to score 80 to win... I feel like they're up to something.
I think Mack Brown is generally a nice person, but he's a GREAT politician. Always. Definitely some killing with kindness going on, but also, I think he respects a program that has beaten Texas in Austin the past two seasons. Talking up your opponent is way better PR than giving anyone bulletin board material.
How do you think the OSU rushing attack will fare against the Longhorns?
It's going to be critical, no matter who the quarterback is. My beat pal John Helsley will be writing about this later in the week. With the QB situation a bit up in the air, and with UT's nasty defensive front, this might be the game where the running backs are most important. Jeremy Smith was huge last season in Austin, with two long TD runs straight up the gut. Texas wants to run the ball, too, so I think whichever defense does a better job of stopping the run has the best chance to win this game.
Which areas/depths of the field does OSU try to exploit against Texas in the throwing game? How about run? Going at those ends or up the middle?
Touched a bit on this in the above answer. Walsh was clearly (clearly!) more successful throwing the ball down the middle to those inside receivers, specifically Josh Stewart and Blake Jackson. He has to get better at getting the ball to the outside receivers. Sounds like the ULL game plan may have been to take that away after Tracy Moore's big game at Arizona, but even when outside guys were open, Walsh was often inaccurate. I think it will be hard to bounce the run game to the outside with those ends. As I said, the run game was real successful up the middle last season.
Is this Blake Jackson's statement game? Who makes the statement if not?
Could be. I thought he played really well against ULL, with that 58-yard catch and rumble and the TD grab that followed possibly being the moment he "arrived." If he can hang onto the ball, he can be a great weapon because he's so much bigger than most inside receivers.
Is there any possible way JW Walsh wins the starting job? I personally think there is none, even if he has a great game.
We were just discussing this in our sports meeting (which I'm currently still in...multitasking!). I agree with you. I think this is Lunt's job, even if Walsh beats Texas, because the Cowboys are committed to running this Air Raid spread system. Walsh does not have the arm to consistently make all the throws he needs to. That doesn't mean Walsh can't be a good QB. He's just a different kind of QB, and ultimately not right for the system the Cowboys want to run long-term.
Where is Isaiah Anderson?
Isaiah Anderson did play against ULL, but was only in a few plays blocking. He did not have a catch. I'll be interested to see how much he's involved in the offense on Saturday.
I would like your prediction, am I going to Murphy's after the game because of joy or sadness?
I think Texas is going to win a close one. So sadness, I suppose. I think OSU can win, though.
Are we going to see a two quarterback set this year?
I don't believe so. I think when Lunt comes back, the coaches might still experiment with the Walsh "package," because I still don't think we've seen enough of it in game situations to really evaluate if it's worthwhile. If it isn't, then it'll be Lunt all the way.
Ok all. Thanks for all the questions today. Enjoy your week, and safe travels to Stillwater if you're coming up for the game this weekend. Keep it locked here and in The Oklahoman for all your OSU news leading up to the big game.