Sean, in your opinion, what are 5 key things Texas must do on both sides of the ball to win this weekend?
1) Tackle well -- They have to get guys to the ground. 2) Take risk -- The tendency is to get conservative in this program when things are tough. If they play conservative, they will lose. 3) Run the ball -- They have to keep the Tech offense off the field and keep the Tech defense tired. 4) Play well early -- Keep that rabid Tech fan base as quiet as possible. 5) Effort -- They need tremendous effort on every single play.
How short do you think the leash is on QB David Ash this weekend?
Man I hate answering this question even though I asked myself the same question. The thing is about a change at QB is about feeling like one guy can do no more during that game to help you win or change the energy on your team. It takes a lot to get to that point, especially if the Texas staff feels Ash is their future. I think he has a longer leash than most suspect.
Biggest surprise coming this weekend from the Longhorns offense and defense?
On offense the surprise will be the the play-calling. I'm saying this with the assumption that it will be aggressive because if it is not, Texas will not have a chance. Defense -- They will tackle well and play better than their No. 96 ranking.
How many rushing yards does Texas have to have in order to beat Texas Tech?
They need to have north of 200 yards. They have to move the chains and keep the Red Raider offense off the field.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how surprised will you be if Texas pulls off the upset tomorrow in Lubbock?
7 or 8. Yeah, that seems heavy and even though I'm predicting a close game, Texas Tech is as good as advertised, and Texas will have to go win that game. Tech will not give it to them. I haven't seen Texas take too much this year.
Do you think we see the subdued defensive play-calling from the second half of the Kansas game for most of Saturday, or will Manny continue to twist and stunt all willy nilly?
I would expect the former. This is all about K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid). They need to keep everything in front of them, let their pass rush go, get people to the ground, and make Texas Tech go on 10-play drives if they are going to score.
What is Malcolm Brown's status for tomorrow at Texas Tech?
I think the chances are good that he gets carries, but I think everyone needs to know that the one place Texas is deep is the running back position. They can use him, but they won't win this game because of him ... but they also won't lose it because they don't have him.
Do you think Texas now regrets not joining the SEC given the fact it has given the Aggies so much momentum? Also I think it's time for someone new in Texas before Mack turns into Bowden.
I don't think they rergret anything. I don't know why they would. They have assets and revenue, the football is just not as good as they thought it would be. The SEC has nothing to do with that. They would actually be making less money if they had gone to the SEC. Ask me again after the season.
Congrats on the gig, I played against you in high school. You doing it big! Do you still think the Big 12 is better than the Pac-12 now? On one of your other chats you said that Texas and Oklahoma had to be good in order for the conference to be good.
I still like the Big 12 more, even though I believe Oregon is the best team in either conference. The Big 12 does need Texas and Oklahoma to be good. I think they usually will be.
I heard someone on your radio station the other day say that Texas needs a lot more talent to win bigger games. Thoughts?
That was the excuse in 2010. That is straight silly now. It makes no sense. Texas has talent and they have talent that everyone else wanted. No excuses.
What is your overall opinion on Conner Brewer and at what point does he take over the QB position at Texas?
That's a tough question. I liked him in high school and have heard good things about him now. It is too early to tell about his ability to take over a program. He has guys on campus to battle and guys coming in the future to battle as well.
Sean, who do you think is in the lead for Marcell Harris?
His father played for the Gators, but I'm hearing he's down to Texas and Florida, and the Longhorns have a good chance. He said he'll announce on Nov. 16.
Do feel like the players will succumb to the pressure that has taken hold of the UT football program against TTech and lose? Also, if the game gets ugly tomorrow do we see the younger players get their chance.
If Texas loses this game to Texas Tech it will be because Texas Tech is the better team. It's not like Texas has played great and will be giving in to the pressure this week. Texas Tech has looked like the better team all year.
Seriously, getting whupped by OU was bad but barely beating KU was awful. Don't tell us to blame it on the Longhorn Network, it's on the players right?
It's on the players and the coaching staff. Obviously because my ugly mug appears on the Longhorn Network people will say I'm biased, but in my mind it's not the weather, the early starts, lack of experience, LHN, or anything else. Coaches and players win games, period. And for some background on the experience part, Alabama only brought back two starters from last year's defense.
If the Texas team can get healthy they have a shot at still winning 10 games including a bowl. Do you think this is realistic for the Horns?
I don't think health is the issue and guys like Jeffcoat are not coming back. They have the pieces on campus right now to play better.
I know you probably get this a lot so I'm sorry, but what will it take for Mack to "retire" after this season?
A lot. He would probably think about it if things really got sideways in these last four games. He does not want to go out on a bad note, though.
OK, thanks everyone for the questions. See you next week.