Who impressed you the most in the 55-14 Texas route over the Kansas Jayhawks: Steve Sarkisian or Pete Kwiatkowski?
Cameron Parker (@camerondparker) – PC deserves flowers for playing defensively this season. Even when they play well, the fans give credit to Gary Patterson, but today I choose Sark. Cold weather, strong winds, a strange atmosphere, and Sark understood the task. Give the ball to your best player. It seems simple but I see a lot of coaches ignoring this on Saturday and Sunday and we saw Sark do it last week. This time he attacked the KU defense and didn’t put his rookie QB in the position where he should have won the game for Texas.
Daniel Seehorn (@DanielSeahorn – I choose PC, given that the KU attack is dangerous and has the ability to put crooked numbers on the scoreboard. On top of that, Jalon Daniels returned to the roster and they were able to keep his fairly modest numbers as well as get him to leave. 14 points came only in the second half and at that point the game was within reach with reserves in play.
Gerald Goodridge (@ghgoodridge) – Of the two, it must be a PC. A week after we played the championship against TCU, we were all curious to see if they could do it again. Turning around and playing a shutout and holding a team with three options for 75 yards in three quarters is incredible.
Cody Daniel (@CodyDanielSBN) – PC. The offense should never have a ball handling problem with Bijan and that’s basically the only success they’ve had. But the PC defense again played at an elite level, proving to be stable on this side of the ball.
Friday’s game could be the last at Longhorn for 30 players, depending on whether they play the bowl or decide to return for the 2022-23 season. These can be Keondre Coburn, Moro Ojomo, T’Vondre Sweet, Christian Jones, Junior Angilau, Ovi Ogofu, Anthony Cook, D’Shawn Jamison, Roshon Johnson, DeMarvion Overshawn, Bijan Robinson and others. Besides Bijan, who will you miss the most next season? Who will Texas miss the most?
Cameron – For me, it’s Roshon Johnson. This dude has been training since the first day he got on campus, doing everything the coaching staff asked him to do. Remember, he was recruited as QB and switched to RB after the entire squad was destroyed in 2019. Then he started hitting the guys over and over again. I am just as sad to see him leave 40 acres as I am, Bijan, but both have a bright future ahead of them.
Daniel – Roshon Johnson, no question. This dude is the heart and soul of this football team and while Bijan may be the more talented defender, it is Rochon who sets the tone for the program. He has been selfless from day one and is easy to point to as proof of program development. How many quarterbacks will turn into runners like him and attack to the point where they now have a chance of being drafted in the middle of the round? Johnson is going to play on Sundays and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the draft on the second day.
Gerald – Asking me to choose between Roshon Johnson and DeMarvion Overshawn is like asking me to choose between my kids. It’s still outrageous to me that a newly recruited freshman quarterback walked into the coaches’ office and offered to switch positions for the good of the team. Four years later, seeing him as a fan favorite on his way to the NFL is unbelievable, especially given the fact that he probably wouldn’t have taken the field as a quarterback. The same can be said for DeMarvion Overshown, the former five-star defensive end who lined up to become a linebacker to help a team that has grown into one of the NFL’s best defensive prospects. Two leaders, two team leaders, two amazing careers.
Cody – Roshon Johnson, easy. As Sark said, he is the epitome of what it means to be a Longhorn. Not only was he a great leader for the Longhorns on and off the field, but he was also a damn good footballer who was completely helpless – he could start in most programs in the country. But he stayed in Texas, and the team got better for it.
Now it’s time to give Bijan his flowers. The Superior Tail enters Friday’s game just 98 yards from Ricky Williams and ranks 4th in the Texas Longhorns’ yards record book. What will be your favorite memory of Bijan during his stay on 40 acres?
Cameron – It’s hard. His performance against Oklahoma in ’21, when he put Billy Bowman in his grave at the Cotton Bowl, will be used in a hype video until the end of time. The recency bias is there, but his game before halftime against the Jayhawks was the best I’ve ever seen.
Daniel – He had some crazy runs, but it’s hard not to notice the run against OU when he flexed his arms so hard that Billy Bowman did somersaults. I also love last year’s fight against West Virginia when he was blown off the field even though he seemed to be in the game.
Gerald – Everyone else is on a certain path, but it’s symbolic that Bijan put the team on their back against TCU in 2021. Steve Sarkeesian fed a kid a ball and he literally led Texas to victory in this game. There was one show of highlights in this game, but really what makes Bijan great, at least in my book, is that he makes things easy so often.
Cody – I am following your example and am going to hold OU on the 21st. There have been so many testimonies of just how special a player Robinson is. Runs are often forgotten, but this one might never be.
For those who haven’t followed the Baylor Bears, it’s been a disappointing year for Dave Arranda since last year’s Big 12 championship. What happened in Waco, and does a 6-5 record really describe how good/bad the Bears are?
Cameron – Aside from a 31-3 loss to Kansas State, Baylor has been in every game this season and arguably better than their record. Blake Shapen has had his ups and downs this season (14 TD/9 INT), but his powerful rushing offense remains (201 yards). It was the defense that let Aranda down this season, where they are 86th in points per drive and 56th in overall defense. They were also the best team on Saturday against TCU, but late game heroism from Max Duggan was enough to come back and take down Baylor.
Daniel – I won’t let the record fool me. I actually only saw them against West Virginia where they lost their starting quarterback to part of the ball game and had to play on the reserves. They are still well-trained and fickle, so if Texas doesn’t show up ready to play, they could easily find themselves stranded.
Gerald – Dave Aranda is one of the smartest defensemen in the conference, so I’ve been worried all week. A year ago, Baylor was one of the most experienced teams in the conference and ended up picking four of their starting quarterbacks and three on the sidelines. It probably has a lot to do with the small losses, but it’s still a dangerous team.
Cody – I think they are very similar to Texas. Aside from hitting KSU, they were there in every game and their season could easily look very different. But unlike last year, the defense wasn’t the dominant group you’d expect from Dave Aranda’s team, and as Cameron pointed out, QB’s volatility could kill a season – just look at Texas.
Who will win on Friday?
Cameron – I think Texas has Baylor’s game under control and is scoring enough points on offense to win a tough competition. Texas 27, Baylor 20
Daniel – I’m expecting a lot more resistance this week, so it’s going to be a bit of a stabbing. With that said, I think Texas can win and end the regular season on a high note. Texas 31 Baylor 21
Gerald – The weather on Saturday looks lousy again, and when the weather is bad, I always choose the team with the best runner. Texas 28-Baylor 21
Cody – Baylor might be a bit depressed after consecutive losses to pull out of the conference and I expect Texas to play like they have something to lose because they do. Texas 27, Baylor 17.