1st Down: Ash's actions speak loudly
You have to get other players to talk about David Ash because he will not. It has never been about what he says, it is more about what he does not say.
"[Ash] is much more comfortable in the huddle this year and has put in the time in the film room," said receiver Mike Davis.
Ash talks about his team, his coaches, the fans, his family, his church, his receivers and his running backs. He even took the time to tell us about what he deemed his happiest day this year when, over the off week, his little brother was baptized.
Just do not ask him to talk about himself. He is not interested and you will not get much. He is all about everyone else and how to make him better.
Texas fans hope that trend and its success continues and he helps his offense to continued success during a three-game run against Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Oklahoma that will define the season.
2nd Down: On the road again
The Texas football program loves being on the road. Kenny Vaccaro talked a couple of weeks ago about the fact that Texas A&M was loud. The elephant in the room was that it is loud because they were playing Texas. It was loud at Ole Miss. They were playing Texas. Kansas State will be the loudest it will be all season on Dec. 1. They are playing Texas.
If you don't love playing on the road, if you don't love wearing the all-white uniforms and if you don't love being the most hated guy in the building, don't play at Texas.
Texas will stroll into Boone Pickens Stadium where Oklahoma State will seat just over 60,000 fans. All but the 4,000 required allotment for Texas will be as loud as any stadium the Longhorns will play in during the 2012 season.
“I love going on the road, said All America candidate Kenny Vaccaro. "They hate you. They scream at you and we feed off of that.”
Under coach Mack Brown, Texas has been great on the road. It is 12-2 in Big 12 openers under Mack Brown and have won the last four. Three of those four have been on the road.
Oklahoma State has beaten the Longhorns in Austin the last two years. Something has to give.
3rd Down: Hype for the offense
What a difference a game makes. Going into the game at Ole Miss the big worry was about the offense and whether Texas would be able move the ball against an SEC defense. 60 minutes later, after Texas ran for 350 yards and threw for 326 yards, all is great on the Texas offensive front.
I heard everyone from fans to media to football experts saying that the problems and the worry was shifting to the defensive side of the ball with their tackling issues and propensity for giving up the big play.
When I asked Marquise Goodwin about it he said, “We need to remain poised. We need to continue to work hard at practice and not buy into all of the hype because that’s all it is.”
Neither group is out of the woods yet but if Texas is to realize its dreams for the 2012 season it will be because the defense played to its talent and capabilities and not because the Texas offense became world-beaters and averaged 45 points per game.
4th Down: Good things come in threes?
Texas beat Wyoming, dominated New Mexico and pushed Ole Miss around. What do we know about Texas? What can the Longhorns hang their hat on? When the Texas staff is in meetings, what do they mark off as a part of their football team that they know will deliver every single game?
The truth of the matter is that we know about Oklahoma. We know about Kansas State. We know about Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan and Florida State. We know about USC, the Big Ten conference, LSU and Oregon. We do not know much about Texas.
Good things come to those who wait. Luckily for Texas fans, they will not have to wait longer than three weeks to figure out exactly what kind of team they have in the Longhorns in 2012.
Texas will go on the road and take on Oklahoma State, then host Big 12 newcomer West Virginia and finish the mini run at the Cotton Bowl against the Sooners in the Red River Rivalry.
We do not know much about Texas right now other than hopes, possibilities, talent and coaching. We will know everything that we need to know about this Texas team after those three games.
“We can’t talk right now but we can talk after three games," said Vaccaro when asked about the upcoming schedule and what it meant to Texas.
Extra Point: Adams' Big 12 Power Poll
Kansas State (No. 3 last week): Its win on the road against Oklahoma vaults them to the No. 1 spot.
West Virginia (1): It is nothing that it did. Kansas State has the best win in the conference in 2012.