I posted this here over two weeks ago, and things have changed, suffice it to say. Missouri dropped a disappointing game at home and fell to #11, while Texas took down OU in a very well played Red River Rivalry and rose to #1. The rankings are largely useless at this point in the season, so I don't think of this game any less than I did two weeks ago, but it does show how quickly things can change.
I'll ask the same questions I did then out of curiosity to see how you guys feel about this upcoming game in Austin and how it's changed the last two weeks. New commentary is in parentheses:
1. Is Texas better than you thought they would be?
Texas seemed to have slipped under the radar in the preseason, and arguably, they're still under the radar. On the one hand, we haven't beaten anyone particularly good, but we've obliterated the teams we're supposed to and showing improvement every week. I think we've been better than a lot of people expected so far. (Well, we just beat OU. That counts for something.)
2. On a scale from 1-10, how afraid are you of this game? (5 is the baseline)
PB does this at BON, so I'll ask you guys. (Again...)
3. Do you think Texas can mount a good enough pass rush to disrupt Missouri's offense?
We've netted 14 sacks in two games. (And now we've had a good game against Colorado and Orakpo and friends were able to put on good pressure on Bradford on key moments)
4. Do you think Texas has a hope in slowing down Jeremy Maclin and Co.?
The secondary is improving but is still young and prone to mistakes. If there's one player I'm terrified of this game, it's Maclin. (Still true, but I'm happy with the improvement.)
5. Do you think Missouri's defense can slow down Colt McCoy and Texas' offense?
McCoy has been on fire, and our two veteran receivers are playing well. We did, however, lose our starting TE for the season, and we're still looking for our younger receivers to step up. We're also awaiting the return of Fozzy Whitaker, our more explosive runningback. (And Chris Ogbonnaya more or less came out of nowhere. Depth at WR is still a concern, but Shipley and Cosby have certainly earned respect the last couple games)
I look forward to the game, and I expect a good one. Hook'em.