Texas vs. West Virginia Family Predictions

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What do you think about the Horns bowl prospects?

Mama Madden  At this point wouldnt it be one of those bowls that no one watches?


Dad  Very tenuous.  Obviously must beat WVA, TT or BU.


Cousin Chris  50-50, this week is essentially a determinant. If we lose then chances are very alike but if we win theres a slightly increased chance. But, then again, if we make a bowl its gonna be another trophy to hide in the back of the shelf

Blake  Obviously its not looking very good. But the Horns have been inconsistent all year. Which Longhorn team will we see these last 3 games? Will they have it all put together? At the end of the day, Im a believer in Charlie and I think he gets the job done, one way or another.


Ammaw  Less than 50% thanks to that senseless loss to Iowa State.  Boy, how we needed that game!


Trent  I give them a 40% chance to make a bowl. Weve been terrible on the road this year, but when their backs are against the wall, this team seems to respond. If they beat West Virginia, I think theyll get it done, thats a big IF.


Uncle Tim  Since the West Va. Game is early, I think UT can win that one.  But they won’t.  Then beat declining Tech for almost a bowl.  I ONLY care about the bowl because we desperately need the extra month of practice.  Can you imagine this crappy team missing out on that and somehow we are supposed to drink the Kool-Aid again for next season?


Uncle Dean  Shakey. Youngsters got to learn to overcome early adversity.

Were about 7 point underdogs to WVU. What will the score be of the West Virginia game?

Mama Madden  Texas wins 34-27


Dad  Hopefully Texas 35; WVA 34.  Keep in mind that WVA’s 4 losses are to BU, TCU. OU and Oklahoma State


Cousin Chris  I think we win 25-23, a two point conversion is all that separates this one. Hopefully, we can establish a ground game in this matchup or perhaps see what Heard can do in the air if we call the right plays. Also a DEF TD is in the cards.


Blake  Lets do this. Texas 23 WVU 20.


Ammaw  West Virginia 31   Texas 24   Hope I’m wrong.


Trent  If you look at the data, we lose this game. We simply have not shown up on the road. However, I think thats why we eek out a win this week. The team will be ready to prove we can show up on the road. Also, I think West Virginias QB gives us a few gifts. The dudes not very good.


Uncle Tim  They score 31 or more every game.  We score 0 or more every game.  They beat Tech at home last week for confidence, home again while we travel and are tired. I am NOT back on board with this team because they beat Kansas, I need to see beat W Va. And Tech too and give Baylor fits like K St. did.


Uncle Dean  WVU 31, Texas 24

Tyrone Swoopes or Jerrod Heard? Is there even any controversy brewing here?

Mama Madden  Heard. He did a good job against Kansas. Loved the first offensive play! Swoopes has been playing well, but seems to be enjoying his new role.


Dad  I liked the mix against Kansas, but Go with the hot hand.  Heard threw the ball well against Kansas—The real issue is that we need ALL the receivers to catch the ball.  If the seniors (Daje and Marques) are not getting it done, let’s not do a Mack Brown and play the seniors out of loyalty.  Put the best player on the field.  Case in point, Strong’s comments about whether DeShawn Elliott would play against WVA after 2 picks last Saturday.  Why wouldn’t you give him some playing time?  He’s got better hands than half of our receivers.


Cousin Chris  Heard is the man for the job, simply as that.


Blake  Swoopes definitely has some newfound confidence, AND it seems like defenses find it much more difficult to defend against the Swoopes package. Id like to see the offensive efficiency stat of that offensive package. I dont necessarily think that there should be a controversy, but go with whats working in the game, ya feel?


Ammaw  No.  They both have a good attitude, both contributing.  It’s  working well, so far so good.  I think Swoopes likes it that he is sent in to “save the day.”


Trent  No. Swoopes looks great as a backup because theres no pressure on him. When things start to go bad in the starting role, he would regress to the Swoopes we saw last seasonmentally fragile. Heard has a tougher, winning mentality and is able to make things happen even when the O-line breaks down.

If we have the right offensive system, Heard will put it all together. Its just obvious to me. Not sure Norvell is the right fit w/ his inconsistent play calling.


Uncle Tim  Does not matter, neither is the guy for long.  Next year yes, but after that I got 3 years of Westlake QB!  Buchelle  (sp?) putting up mediocre numbers in HS, not counting on him.


Uncle Dean  Better not be. Its on the coaches  to put the guy out there best suited to beat the other teams scheme. Of course Trey Holtz showed a great spark in those 2 plays last week. Did you see the excitement on the Horns sideline!!!  What a QB trio we have!

Is Charlie Strong getting the program back on track? Are you a believer yet?

Mama Madden  Good golly he is taking us on a roller coaster ride. I want to believe, but need more consistency to be sure he has what it takes.


Dad  I thought so after OU but Iowa State was problematic.  He has to save himself and get rid of Watson.  The uncertainty about the offensive coaches has already lost us one recruit.  If Watson had done what he said he would do at the beginning of the season, maybe this isn’t an issue.  Watson cannot get his head out of the pro mindset.


Cousin Chris  I think so. He attracts good, disciplined players and is still trying to fully establish his idea of a football team on both sides of the ball. Maybe needs some better minds around him and less extracurricular distractions.


Blake  I believe in Charlie. He needs a guy that breathes offense to come on board.


Ammaw  No, but we’ll know more after this game.  Let’s see how well prepared they are to defend against the run.  Iowa State game we knew how exceptional a runner Warren was, but he ran right through us.  If they can’t do a better job on Smallwood it’s Goodbye Charlie.


Trent  Im a believer if hes able to bring in a savvy offensive mind in the offseason who will bring in an establish spread system. Otherwise he will fall victim to Muschamp Syndromeinability to coach offensive side of the ball.

Charlies done well w/ recruiting, team building and the defense for the most part. Offense is the clear weakness and missing component.


Uncle Tim  Conflicted.  Athletes everywhere, playmakers very few.  Finally see Newsome after so many games – why just now?  McNeil gets no play time, Joe no play time, Vacarro NEVER plays.  The better they produce the more they are ignored.  Keep playing Hill and Boyd no matter what, just like Mykelle. Produce on the field man, produce!


Hope he takes Miami job.


Uncle Dean  He deserves another year. But with these Miami rumors increasing I am afraid McCombs and Hicks may have already sacked him and are gearing up a big replacement.

How do you think Texas basketball fares this year under new head coach Shaka Smart?


Dad  He doesn’t have his exact players yet, but we should be better in a tough conference. If we could go 23—9 it would be good and get us in the NCAA tournament, round 2.


Cousin Chris  Ideally, we lose to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen or Elite Eight as UK goes on to win another Natty over UNC in the final.


Blake  Were gonna wreak some havoc, for SURE. Hard schedule though. Our home schedule is stacked. Look for me during the UNC game Dec. 12th. Ill be going ham.


Ammaw  Very well. He has such a cute personality all revved up, cant wait to get started. Should be fun. What is that on top of his head?


Trent  I think Smarts setup for big success. Love the guys philosophy and heart. I predict they will make it to the Elite 8 before losing.


Uncle Tim  GREAT!!  They are a player or two away, but already seeing results against Tarrelton State….


Uncle Dean  Horns Shaka the World!
Hey I should trademark that!
Trent youre the marketing guy find out how we can make some teeshirts and report back to me ASAP.

Any additional comments?


Mama Madden  It is scary attending football games with Trent who is constantly videoing you from mere inches away. On a positive note, he is fun to watch with because he is a fountain of information.


Dad  Bedford needs to start better.  Kansas OC had him in first half.  This seems to be a trend.


Cousin Chris  You either die a Morty, or you live long enough to see yourself become a Rick.


Blake  Oklahoma State is going to lose to Iowa State.


Ammaw  Please include your grandfather, father in your prayers.


Trent  I vlogged the TX-Kansas game, including Mama Madden spilling her entire extra-large coke three rows down from her seat on Donta Foremans big touchdown run. Heck of a blunder. Also, Heard for Heisman 2017.



Uncle Dean  Limit future answers to one short paragraph max.

21 needs to be ahead of 32, that guy could juke and run. Needs to hold onto ball though.