Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State marks the one-year anniversary of the first time Texas used its 18-Wheeler package with Tyrone Swoopes.
At 6-foot-4, 249 pounds, Swoopes is the lightest player on the field when the Longhorns roll out the big rig. During the Cal game, ESPN used a graphic that illustrated what makes the 18-Wheeler so effective:
“Total weight: 1.6 tons.”
— Caden Kinard (@cadenkinard) September 18, 2016
That got us thinking. What else weighs about 3,000 pounds? Here are just a few things:
1. About three actual Texas Longhorns
We’ll use Bevo XV as a reference here, even if he is a bit young.
It would take three of the Texas mascot to match the weight comprised by the 11 players in the 18-Wheeler package. Perhaps ESPN commentator Rod Gilmer put it best during the Texas-Cal broadcast when he said, “Look at all the beef.”
2. 1,054 ducks
While Texas was on its bye last weekend, the rest of the country — well, at least the SEC — was talking about ducks pulling trucks.
Which begs the question, how many ducks would it take to match the weight of the Texas 18 Wheeler?
According to National Geographic, mallard ducks can grow up to 3 pounds. Do the math, and that’s a whole lot of quacking.
3. 2014 Ford Focus
OK, so a real 18-wheeler weighs more than 10 times as much as the 18-Wheeler package, even when there’s nothing in the trailer.
I decided to Google my own car for reference, and it turns out I’m riding in the equivalent of an 18 Wheeler.
4. 49 College Football Playoff National Championship trophies
It’s never too early (or late) to dream, right?
Sure, Texas is a long shot to reach the College Football Playoff. But the Big 12 is a mess and the Longhorns certainly weren’t eliminated with their loss to Cal. It is going to take some better defense, though.
One thing we do know is that Texas has plenty of muscle to lift the 65-pound trophy should they get the chance.
5. About six Big Berthas
The “Largest Bass Drum in the World” is an iconic piece of game day at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
At that estimate, it would take six Big Bertha drums — or two Longhorns and two Big Berthas — to match the power of the 18-Wheeler. Either is capable of making a bang that leaves heads pounding the next morning.
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