Aug 31, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns lrunning back Jalen Overstreet (3) carries the ball against the New Mexico State Aggies during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat New Mexico State 56-7. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning After: Is The Offense Back?

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After the Longhorns beat the New Mexico State Aggies 56-7, I thought to myself “Is the Longhorns offense back?” Yes and no.

Why it is back? 

Major Applewhite’s play calling will lead to more big plays. New Mexico State doesn’t have the athletes to keep up with Texas but the offense was still very impressive. Much of that can be attributed to Major Applewhite’s play calling. Not to mention, Kendall Sanders was out for this game. When he is back, the Longhorns might be unstoppable.

Why it isn’t back? 

The offense up-tempo left something to be desired. The up-tempo offense works best when you can consistently move the ball for short gains. If you can do that, it’s a very powerful weapon. The Texas up-tempo isn’t quite there yet and if the offense is going to be performing at a high level, it needs to iron out the issues.

So for the Longhorns, it needs to focus on the little things in the up tempo offense and focus on high percentage pass plays and rushing plays to keep the tempo going. The Longhorns might be back to their pre-2010 offensive prowess which should excite every Longhorns fan.

Other observations:

– Clemson is legit. They have beaten two straight SEC teams and have shown the college football world that the SEC is beatable. What a game for Clemson.

– TCU is going to be tough to handle. They only lost by 10 to LSU without their top defensive player Davonte Fields.

– Oklahoma State seems like a fraud to me. Sure their defense held Mississippi State to 3 points. However, the offense left much to be desired. That’s going to be an issue in the Big 12.

– 5 FCS teams beat FBS teams in the last 3 days. The biggest has to be Eastern Washington over 25th ranked Oregon State. Oregon State played well but Eastern Washington was just better. This just goes to show you that these FCS schools can compete against the big boys.

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