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College Football Update: Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa Hawkeyes edition

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As  convenient follow-up to Jon’s very special post just for Zeekgeek, it’s timely to mention Texas safety Earl Thomas was named Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week for his two-interception performance against Oklahoma.  He also led the team with seven tackles and broke up three passes.  It is the fourth time a Longhorn has won the honor, and the second time already for Thomas.

In Big Ten news, ESPN.com blogger Adam Rittenberg gives an interesting “Big Ten thumbs up-thumbs down” for this past weekend’s performances, including praise for Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos.  I also like his points on Terrell Pryor (who has been a major bust this season,) and Wisconsin’s strange quarterback change (which cost me a pick last week).

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Written by Austin Swafford

October 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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  1. Earl Thomas is a BEAST and Aaron Williams is a SHUT DOWN corner that can tackle like a LB.

    Im looking at Mizzous stats and I just dont see how they can Pass on Texas? or score for that matter!

    They have the 91st rush offense going against the #1 Rush defense and one of the best secondarys in CFB.

    they give up 330+ yards a game are are playing the #1 scoring offense.

    How is this not going to be a blow out??

    T-Rizzle

    October 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    • Aaron Williams? Isn’t he the one that whiffed on Broyles, allowing OU to score its final TD? I like Thomas and Williams and the secondary is playing far better than I expected. However, I still see them as a young secondary with some things to improve upon. I agree with what Zeekgeek said on another post…a lot of the secondary’s success has to do with the pressure the front is putting on QBs. They’re not getting a lot of sacks, but they’re still doing their job.

      I fully expect Mizzou to be a blowout. They have a good RB in Washington, they just refuse to run him much. Their offensive play calling is horrible. And I think Gabbert will be really good, but he has to improve on immature mistakes and he’ll need MUCH better protection from his line. UT is gonna chew up Missouri’s line. It could be even uglier than last year.

      Austin Swafford

      October 20, 2009 at 3:42 pm

  2. The missed tackle on the broyles Td was Gideon i think. I know it was a white guy… had to be Gideon. regardless if it was him I will take his production. The opponents game plan speaks for itself: Stay away from Williams. OU was the first team to gamble throwing to his side of the field and he made a tremendous atheltic INT to make them pay.

    They are still young but they are getting better every game, by the time we play our bowl game they are going to DOMINATE.

    The front 7 has a lot to do with it, and not just pressure on the QBs. Texas’ LBs are good at clogging passing lanes and making the read behind them difficult. Thats exactly what happened on the 2nd Earl Thomas pick, by the time Jones saw Thomas it was too late and an EASY pick for Earl.

    T-Rizzle

    October 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm

  3. Check that: It was Williams. I went back and looked.

    T-Rizzle

    October 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm

  4. OOHHHH I beat the big journalist to the scoop!

    well i guess not… since you were right first.

    Anyway – Another prediction Colt rushes for 100 yards on Mizzou…

    T-Rizzle

    October 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    • That would be great. It was really nice to see him running like he did last year against Oklahoma. We hadn’t really seen that this season. I think he’s a lot more confident in his passing when he gets his legs under him. I’d really like to see him running more than he has been.

      Austin Swafford

      October 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm


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