College Football Rankings Week 2: Texas Wins Ugly, but Keeps a Top 25 Ranking
The Texas Longhorns 17-16 win over the BYU Cougars on Saturday night in Austin, Texas was far from pretty, but a win is a win is a win, and it cemented a top 25 spot for the Longhorns for the second straight week.
Mack Brown would admit there is still a ton of work to do following the Horns' 5-7 season in 2010, but to be mentioned in the top 25 should not mean a sense of entitlement.
Bryan Harsin's offense is far from a well-oiled machine like he had at Boise State. The quarterback situation just got a whole lot greasier with Garrett Gilbert completing as many passes to BYU as he did to his own teammates. The reins look to be in the hands of Case McCoy in the short-term while true freshman David Ash continues to be worked into the offense.
Texas' young and talented receivers will suffer from the lack of consistency under center. Jaxon Shipley seems to have adjusted nicely, as his brother would have done, but Mike Davis, Darius White and co. have yet to cement themselves fully into the offensive picture.
The offensive line will only get better over time as the running game continues to improve, but the starting job belongs to true freshman Malcolm Brown, who has been every bit as good as advertised coming in as the country's top high school running back in the 2011 class.
Defensively, Texas appears stout.
The defensive tackles were much improved after getting gashed by Rice in the Longhorns' season opener, but the highly touted defensive end duo of Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat has yet to explode onto the scene. Stay tuned.
Emmanuel Acho, Jordan Hicks and Keenan Robinson could be the best linebacker group in the Big 12, and frankly, as they go, so does the Texas defense.
Additionally, the Longhorns have an exciting future at cornerback. Between Quandre Diggs, Carrington Byndom and Adrian Phillips, two sophomores and a freshman, the three shutdown BYU's passing game, limiting Jake Heaps to 5.1 yards per pass and snatching two interceptions in the process.
This Texas team is far from complete, but it is showing signs of something very special. If the defense can hold up its end of the bargain and add a little more spice while the offense finds a groove, keeping a place in the top 25 will go a long way for Texas' bowl season hopes.
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