A Texas Take

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:29 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Nov 10, 2010 6:1 PM CDT

There&rsquo;s way too much bad history for even the most hyper-positive OSU fan to think that things will be easy for the Cowboys in Austin on Saturday.&#160; I mean, think about it- I just typed the words easy-for-the-Cowboys-in-Austin.&#160; Sure, OSU is about a touchdown favorite, but as former Pokes boss Pat Jones likes to say...&rdquo;It isn&rsquo;t like they&rsquo;ve given up football in the 40 acres.&rdquo;</p>Texas has talent, but at the moment no consistent playmakers.&#160; Too many mistakes from QB Garrett Gilbert, too many forced throws and indecision.&#160; But, if, and that&rsquo;s a BIG if, Gilbert settles himself for one night and his receivers don&rsquo;t drop as many passes then it could be a very tough go for OSU.</p>Here&rsquo;s the other reason for either concern or skepticism- OSU scored on Nebraska&rsquo;s vaunted defense, but Texas may be even better on that side of the ball.</p>Put a premium on this:&#160; Withstand an angry initial effort, string together a couple of big plays that produce points, and for goodness sakes keep the foot on the accelerator.</p>Everyone knows what&rsquo;s happened when the Cowboys have let up in this series after building big leads.&#160; Texas deserves credit for &ldquo;turning it on&rdquo; in those games too, but to paraphrase Rick Pitino...Vince Young isn&rsquo;t walking through that door, Colt McCoy isn&rsquo;t walking through that door...</p>I&rsquo;m convinced the Cowboy defense will have to lead the way, and in that instance, they better have that door locked.&#160; Tightly.</p>