When Ole Miss blasted Texas 44-23 on Sept. 14, dropping the Longhorns to 1-2, Mack Brown said some goofy things. Which is not entirely out of the ordinary.
Mack is a Southern charmer, a particular type of American noted not for the content of his message, but how it's delivered. I like Mack Brown. Most who know him do, though he's worn out his welcome in Austin.
And just because he's given to being goofy doesn't mean he's always wrong.
After the Mississippi debacle, a game that seemed to determine his fate as face of The Longhorn Network, Brown said, “We can get all this righted by winning a Big 12 championship. That's what they've got to do.”
Well, yes. And if these ‘Horns started tackling like the '69 ‘Horns, and David Ash started running like Vince Young, things would be even peachier.
But Oklahoma-Texas week arrives, and darned if Mack wasn't on to something. He's a mere upset away from not only retaining the Big 12 lead, but assuming the favorite's role in the conference.
Beat the Sooners, and this Texas season has an entire new look. The orange may be burnt, but the bread would not be. Texas would not be toast, and neither would Mack's career.
Of course, I don't think Texas will beat the Sooners. I don't think Texas will keep it close. Let's see; it's been 55-17 and 63-21 the last two years. This OU team looks better, and this Texas team worse, than the squads that jousted in the last two Cotton Bowl feuds. I'm thinking 62-10. Something like that sounds about right.
The Sooners, freed from the shackles of back-to-back games against the viper defenses of Notre Dame and TCU, should run as free as a scatback on the sandlot. Meanwhile, poor Case McCoy draws the quarterback start for Texas with Ash injured. Seems like a doomsday plan for UT, but half of Mack's six wins over OU (out of 15 games) came with a McCoy quarterbacking. What does Texas have to lose?