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Longhorns Open as 27.5 Point Favorites Over San Jose State

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The Vegas line on Saturday’s Texas vs. San Jose State game has the Longhorns opening as 27.5 point favorites over the Spartans at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.

Texas (0-1) lost its season opener to Maryland 51-41, struggling to find an identity on both sides of the ball in Tom Herman’s debut as head coach.  Quarterback Shane Buechele threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns, but the lack of a running game and offensive line issues proved problematic for the offense throughout the game.

While the offense had its share of problems, Todd Orlando’s defense wasn’t without blame.  The Maryland rushing offense gashed the Longhorns for 263 yards while the quarterback tandem of Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill combined for 219 yards passing.  When it was all said and done the Terrapins amassed 482 yards of total offense.

The loss to the Terrapins extended the team losing streak to four games, dating back to November 12, 2016.

San Jose State (1-1) lost its season opener to Charlie Strong and South Florida 42-22, following up the loss by defeating Cal Poly 34-13 on Saturday.

True Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger could see playing time on Saturday against the Spartans, as Shane Buechele is nursing a shoulder injury sustained in Saturday’s contest.  Regardless of which player starts at quarterback on Saturday, wide receiver Collin Johnson says his focus is on his game.

Whoever is in, I’m just going to do my part. I can’t control who is playing, but I can control what I do. My route depth, how I run my routes – that’s all I can worry about. I try not to get outside of what I can worry about. Whoever is in, I’m just going to do my part.

This week San Jose State named redshirt freshman quarterback Montel Aaron as the team’s starter for Saturday’s contest.  Aaron won the starting job after coming off the bench against Cal Poly, replacing a struggling Josh Love and leading the Spartans to victory.

Texas, ranked #23 in both the Associated Press and Coaches Preseason Top 25 Polls, dropped from both after starting the season 0-1.

The Longhorns look to right the ship on Saturday at 2:30 pm in front of an exasperated crowd that threw trash trash on the field as the game clock expired in the loss to Maryland.

Game:  Texas vs. San Jose State
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM CST
Venue:  Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Location:  Austin, Texas
Television: Longhorn Network

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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