LSU travels to Austin for the first time in 65 years to face Texas in one of the most anticipated matchups of the season. This week, various LSU players have not held back on how they feel about Texas and their chances on Saturday. The Longhorns, however, have not had much to say this week in response. Maybe they are waiting until the pads come on to sort everything out. Regardless, this is going to be one heck of a matchup on Saturday night. Let’s see if the HornSports staff is more optimistic about Texas’ chances than Chaisson:
This is a game that the Longhorns and Tom Herman can pull off if they win the turnover battle and play solid defense. Joe Burrow will be throwing early and often, and the Texas defensive backs must play lights-out to keep the Longhorns on-task. Offensively, Sam Ehlinger and Texas will keep the chains moving, but they will need big plays from Collin Johnson and a banged-up running back corps led by Keaontay Ingram. Herman has a track record of getting his teams up for big games, and I expect Texas to play up to the challenge. If this game were in Baton Rouge, I’d give the nod to the Tigers, but I think the electricity in the air on Saturday night benefits the Longhorns.
Tom Herman has a history of being great in the underdog role. Herman is 13-2-1 against the spread as a head coach when his team is not favored. The line in Vegas for Saturday’s matchup opened with LSU as a 4-point favorite, and LSU money has poured in throughout the week, pushing LSU up to a 6.5-point favorite as late as Wednesday evening. I do not believe this game will be a blowout in either direction. These types of games almost always come down to quarterback play, and I will take Sam Ehlinger over Joe Burrow in front of a rowdy crowd in Austin.
The circle on the calendar comes pretty quick for the Longhorns this year, as one of the more marquee opponents to come to Austin in the past decade will strut their way through DKR on Saturday night in the form of the #6 ranked LSU Tigers. I’m intrigued to see how the banged-up Texas offense can operate against the stout LSU defense as well as the battle up front. On defense, the Longhorns will have to account for the LSU speed early on or it could get out of hand. As much as I would like to see Texas pull out this program-defining victory, I just do not think it happens this year. A year from now in Death Valley, I probably give a different answer.
All the doubt surrounding the Longhorns, even before before kickoff, has to serve as the ultimate motivating factor. Texas is short on running backs and the secondary is a concern. LSU looked good in almost all facets of the game in Week 1. But there’s something about the Longhorns playing at home, under the lights in Austin as an underdog against the No. 6 ranked team in the country. Sam Ehlinger and Collin Johnson guide the Longhorns to a nail-biting win over the Tigers.
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