Game of the Week: No. 11 Missouri at No. 1 Texas
Bevo's wearing the bull's eye and is in the midst of a six-week run that would be grueling for a team just trying to stay in a division race, let alone the national title hunt. No. 11 Missouri will be the second of five currently ranked opponents in the next six weeks.
"We do have a difficult schedule but it may be good for this team," Texas coach
After an emotional win against one of their biggest rivals, you have to wonder whether the Longhorns can maintain that same level of intensity, especially on defense, where they made their biggest statement against the Sooners. The Texas D limited a team that had been scoring nearly 50 points a game to 35, including 14 in the second half. But if they're going to defend that No. 1 ranking, the 'Horns will need an equally impressive performance against a Tigers offense that's third in the nation in scoring (48.3 points per game) and total offense (549.7 yards per game).
Daniel took a tumble on most Heisman lists after last weekend. He passed for 390 yards and a touchdown, but threw three costly interceptions. After four pick-free games, Daniel had his highest interception total since an Oct. 28, 2006 loss to the Sooners. But all could be forgotten if he can regain his form against a Texas defense that had two big picks of
Likewise, the Tigers badly need a win to climb back into the national title hunt. At 5-1 and 1-1 in the Big 12 North, they're already a game behind division leader Kansas and can't afford another effort like last week -- when their high-scoring offense was held to 23 points -- if they want to play their way into the Big 12 title game.
Yes, even in a conference where the aerial attacks get all the publicity, you still have to run the ball.
Missouri absolutely needs to get
The Longhorns' ground game is underrated. While McCoy continues to lead the team with 348 yards running the zone read, the last two weeks
"[The key is] just disruption and trying to change coverages on [McCoy] and make him have to think, because when he doesn't have to think and he knows where to go with the football, he does a great job of doing that and he's done that all season. One of the reasons why we were able to stay with them for a while was because we tried to trick him with smoke and mirrors.
"Everybody says he's not the sexy quarterback choice, but I think he's one of the best quarterbacks in the country because he gets rid of the football and he has great speed for a quarterback. He can make plays with his legs and he doesn't put the ball in danger. He does what he has to do to win the football game, but at the same time he's very talented. He's got a great arm, he's accurate and I think he's a sharp kid and he keeps them out of negative plays with his legs.
"[McCoy] has had a couple times when he's rushed for over 100 yards and people have just sit back in zones and everybody dropped back, they didn't do a good job with the pass rush and he scrambled and got 17-, 18-yard runs. But [his leading Texas in rushing] a little misleading because their backs are terrific."
"[The receivers] just discourage you from playing man-to-man coverage or man-free or any kind of man because they just beat man coverage and they've got great ball skills and they can catch tough passes and they've got great speed, especially [