By Danny Reagan / Abilene, Texas
Wow, I don't know why UT should even bother showing up Saturday for their game with TCU.
Judging by the bloggers, the wags, the pundits, the "experts," the AP pollsters, the moon and the stars, the Longhorns are doomed to suffer defeat at the hands of the Froggies.
I don't see it that way. They'll actually be awake for Saturday's game. The cobwebs will be gone. Any "arrogance" (as Mack Brown put it) will definitely be gone. I think they'll win.
Not to mean that the Horned Frogs won't be looking for blood. They will, and they are good. They shut out Baylor last Saturday, 27-0. I'm not sure how good Baylor is this year, but it's hard to skunk anyone these days in college ball.
Hey, just another challenge for the young leader of the team. I think his batting average against challenges is pretty good.
Here are some of pared-down quotes from Colt McCoy from Monday's press conference. He's never been one to panic.
The TCU defense: We have to play better than we did on Saturday. We have to handle certain situations better, like converting when we have our chances. They're a good defense, they're a good team, and they're going to come in here ready to play. They play some mixed coverages, they play a lot of zone, and they throw in a lot of zone blitzes. We're going to have to find the open points, just pinpoint where their weakness are and try to take advantage of our opportunities.
His feelings after the ASU game: I was pretty frustrated Saturday night, but it's a win and that's the most important thing. There are a lot of teams that are 0-1 right now and trying to fix a lot of things. We're 1-0 and trying to fix a lot of things at the same time, but we looked at the positives on film and the positives during practice, and we're moving on. There are a lot of things we can correct, that we can fix, but that's behind us and everything is focused on TCU now.
Offensive "repairs": Offensively, I think that we need to be more physical. We have to get after them more and convert when we're in the red zone. We had three downs inside the 5-yard line that we didn't punch it in. When I looked at the film I felt like we played a lot better than I had thought. I thought there were a lot of good things we did, there is just little things that we can fix. .
On being prepared for ASU: I felt like we were really focused and prepared. We really started the game off strong. We came out firing and doing everything right and then a frustration level set in because we couldn't continue to do that and we have got to get out of that mentality. We have got to understand that everyone is going to do little things different, they're going to do some things to stop the run or stop the pass, and we have got to handle them and figure out –what they're going to do as an overall scheme.
On his leadership: I felt like I didn't play in the second quarter at all. I felt like I made some poor decisions and poor reads and did a lot of things that didn't help our football team that I could have done that would have. Overall, I felt like there are so many things at each position and especially at mine that we can improve on. We don't point fingers, that's something that we don't do, we looked at the positives and that's all we're going to focus on.
On making ever play: I think that is hard, it's something as a second year guy you have so much more freedom than you did the first year, and you have to stay with the basics, stick with thing that got you to where you are. When you know the offense, it's easy to try and throw in some different routs that you think will work, and those things got me into some trouble during the first game. I have got to go back and understand what this offense is based on. Coach Davis and I are going to work really hard this week to figure that out. Nothing is wrong, everything is fine, but there are a lot things that I can do better that I didn't do on Saturday.