Veteran Fox Sports college football analyst Charles Davis is in town to call the UCLA-Texas beatdown at AT&T Stadium, which right now he believes the Bruins are banking will be their wake-up game. The Bruins are favored by eight.
Davis has thoughts on UT's predicted early-season struggles in first-year coach Charlie Strong, and why the SEC is that much better than the rest of the country.
What do you make of Strong suspending or dismissing so many players? It’s a tough spot for him. He is sacrificing players to meet his standard. He is giving them the standard and they are not meeting them. They are punishing themselves. The offensive line has five career starts combined. Guys are playing out of position, and it's going to take time. If you want to hurt a team, get them on the line. Their defensive line is pretty good, but their offensive line needs time.
Without David Ash, can they have a winning record? Look at the record when Ash plays and he doesn't. They have to adjust. Tyrone Swoopes has to get better. And that means his line has to get better so they will open holes for those running backs. The receivers have to get better.
Defensively, there is more than enough. It was 6-0 at the half against BYU, but the defense just wore down. The offense has to get better so it's not The Rockettes, 1-2-3, kick. Defensively they are good enough to hang in there.
Will Charlie get enough time to do this, or is a three-year window for him like everyone else? Well, they are doing it to everyone. Three years is when everyone gets restless. I think the programs that have been patient have been rewarded. But we are in that era of big money, high expectations and people want results quicker. Bob Stoops' first couple of years at Oklahoma changed it for everybody.
Why is the SEC that much better than every other conference? The defensive linemen. They all have strength and speed that convers to power. Look at those defensive ends - those high cut guys that can run. It is unbelievable how fast they can get to the quarterback. Look at their defensive tackles. They can run. When a hole is open you should get four yards but in the SEC you get two. Now it's third down and teams are not converting third downs at 50 percent.
Who are the best four teams in the country? Oregon, Florida State, Georgia and USC. It's very, very early and you have to give the nod to the teams that have beat someone on their schedule. What USC did at Stanford was very impressive. Oregon against Michigan State is the best game so far. Georgia against Clemson.
The other teams are Alabama and Oklahoma, but it's so early yet.
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