With two games left in the season and 15 days in between them, what should Texas Longhorns fans expect improvement in?
This is one of the things most coaches can prepare their team in season to improve, and they are going to need to put Ball security and takeaways at the top of their list. TCU is ranked 54th in the nation in turnover margin with a + 1 margin. Kansas State is first in the nation at +21. Now TCU was the best opponent Kansas State has played in terms of turnover margin all year, the best one they will play is on December 1st. Ball security is going to be crucial.
Prepare for Cold Weather
Seems trivial right? Well as many Austinites know, it doesn’t get that cold in Austin. At least not middle of Kansas cold. The average temperature high on December 1st in Manhattan, KS is 47 degrees. That is not factoring the likelihood that this game will be a night game. It’s going to get very cold in Manhattan. So what can the Longhorns do? Cold Baths might help but exposure isn’t that great. The best thing for the training staff to do is to plan a routine that maximizes their exposure Friday and Saturday before the game in Manhattan. The Longhorns can’t use the excuse that it was too cold to play because Kansas State plays in it everyday. But early warm up times and layers are crucial and making sure they are prepared to play in it. I am not suggesting sticking the players in an ice rink and let them feel the cold air, but maybe the Texas Stars can help you out. Who knows, a little field trip north to Cedar Park couldn’t hurt right?