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Horns down, MFers.

A Texas A&M fan kindly takes to the pages of Good Bull Hunting with some advice on how to approach the Sugar Bowl game with Texas.

College football rivalries, no matter how much the powers that be screw with them, are the best.

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Tom Herman’s math

I get why Herman said it, and he wasn’t being disrespectful towards Georgia when he made the point that the Dawgs’ running game won’t “be anything too formidable for us”, but his choice of examples for why that’s the case are a little strange.

“We played a team in Oklahoma that had gone six straight games of rushing for at least 290 yards,” Herman said. “The week prior we were against a Kansas team that had a freshman running back named Pooka Williams who rushed for 200-and-something yards against Oklahoma the week prior to that.”

Texas held the Sooners to 129 yards rushing and just 3.2 yards per carry in its 39-27 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 1.

Against Kansas, on Nov. 23, the Longhorns held Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Pooka Williams to 103 yards on 16 carries and the Jayhawks to 137 yards rushing as a team in a 24-17 win.

“So, yeah, there are some teams that do like to throw it in our conference,” Herman said. “But the last three games that we played, being Iowa State, Kansas, and then Oklahoma, are all in the conversation for very difficult teams to defend running the football.”

Texas did a good job defending the run in the Big 12 title game, but Herman didn’t mention Oklahoma’s rushing stats when the teams met earlier during the regular season.  They aren’t particularly pretty:  31 attempts, 222 yards (7.16 ypc) and 2 TDs.

As far as Pooka Williams goes, sure Texas did a better job of stopping him than Oklahoma did, but Williams still managed almost six and a half yards per rushing attempt against the Longhorns defense.

Looking at the game logs, I don’t really see where you can clearly say Texas’ rush defense improved by season’s end.  Yes, the ‘Horns did well in that regard against Iowa State and Oklahoma, but three of the last five offenses they faced all averaged above Texas’ season average.

Georgia’s running game, on the other hand, clearly improved as the season wore on.  And before you jump on the decline against Alabama, consider that Georgia rushed for a higher ypc average against the Tide defense (3.92) than Texas’ run defense averaged (3.88) for the season.  That’s kind of formidable in its own way, you’d think.

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Horns down

Typical SEC fan:  Man, wasn’t it bullshit when SEC refs would flag opposing players for doing the Gator chomp while letting Tebow show his ass with that all the damned time?

Big 12 officials:  Son, hold our beers.

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“But it’s OU-Texas. There are no rules.”

This is epic.

“The body language was awesome. It was like watching a Muttley cartoon,” Leach said, referring to the villainous 1960s dog who was the sidekick to Dick Dastardly. “They decided to give it the Muttley snicker and then went up the tunnel.”

Yar!

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Today’s lesson in successful marketing

When we look back a couple of decades now and wonder what happened to live attendance at college football games, don’t undersell the ability of athletic departments to sabotage themselves by crapping all over potential ticket buyers.

If you’re planning on going to the Texas/USC game this fall, be prepared to buy tickets for UT’s home contests against Tulsa, TCU, Baylor, West Virginia and Iowa State as well.

Texas announced on Tuesday that single-game tickets for UT’s home game against USC on Sept. 15 will not be made available. Tickets sold through Texas will only be doled out to season ticket holders.

Such a deal.  Should be a good investment for the canny season ticket holder, who can grab the tickets and make a few extra bucks selling them on the secondary market to the same folks the school brushed aside.  Assuming they still want to go, that is.

The spirit of Steve Patterson lives on in Austin.

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The football gods’ way of telling you that you have too much money.

The University of Texas has already spent more than half a million dollars defending a lawsuit that has “SETTLE!” written all over it in flaming red letters.

In my next life, I’d like to come back as a competent athletic director of a rich department.  The world would be my oyster.

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Control freaky-deaky

The University of Texas — read that as head coach Tom Herman — has just decreed that beat writers who cover the Longhorns may not post on social media during post-practice interviews.

“Our hope is that you would take time to review your post and re-listen to the questions and answers in an effort to increase accuracy and insure the necessary context in each of your social media reports.

“We hope this will not only allow everyone more time to craft those commentaries/reports, but also allow necessary time to absorb full context,” the statement continued. “It also will be beneficial in providing full attention for follow-up questions or the next line of questioning during the actual interviews. Thank you in advance for adhering to this new policy.”

It’s good to see that Herman’s already got things going so swimmingly for his program that he’s now got time to teach the media how to do their jobs, too.

Meanwhile, in Athens, Greg McGarity silently wonders if Herman may have been Georgia material after all.

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