It’s been 258 days since the Texas Longhorns last took the field and a lot has changed since then.
The Longhorns have a new head coach in Steve Sarkisian, a new quarterback in redshirt freshman Hudson Card and there’s a jump to the SEC on the horizon. But before any of that happens, they need to kick off the 2021 season against the No. 23 team in the country — the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Head coach Billy Napier led his team to an upset of the Iowa State Cyclones a year ago and would love nothing more than to fell another Big 12 foe in the opener.
Leading the charge is quarterback Levi Lewis, a dual-threat quarterback who passed for 2,274 yards and 19 touchdowns a year ago and elected to come back for another year. He plays behind an offensive line who returns all five starters from a year ago, but the Cajuns need to find answers at running back after not one, but two backs moved on to the NFL.
What’s expected from this season, more or less, shouldn’t be viewed in a vacuum of mere wins and losses alone
- The Longhorn Republic podcast previews Saturday’s matchup and dives in on expectations for 2021
- 5 Questions and 5 Bold Predictions
Sarkisian’s track record as a quarterback whisperer now spans two decades, and he’s coming off maybe his most impressive effort at Alabama after helping develop former three-star prospect Mac Jones into a 4,500-yard passer and a first-round draft pick.
- Freshman WR Jaden Alexis (knee) — out
- Sophomore TE Brayden Liebrock (shoulder) — out
- RS Freshman WR Troy Omeire (knee) — out
How to Watch:
Time: 3:30 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: Fox Sports App
Odds: The Longhorns are currently a 9.5-point favorite at FanDuel sportsbook
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