After months of waiting, the Texas Longhorns are finally back on the field on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the season opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
Year 1 of the Steve Sarkisian era was a struggle on the field for the Longhorns, losing six-consecutive games on the way to missing a bowl for the first time since 2016. But it is a new year and a new team.
Between transfers and first-year players, Texas added 33 new players to the roster, many of whom will be called upon to contribute in major ways to facilitate the turnaround. Perhaps most notably, redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers finally made his way to the Forty Acres. The one-time Texas commit under Tom Herman flipped to the Ohio State Buckeyes but only spent one semester in Columbus before ultimately transferring to Texas and winning the starting spot.
There are still many questions for the Longhorns heading into the season, including what will the line in front of Ewers look like, will the defense take a step forward in the second year under Pete Kwiatkowski, who will replace Cameron Dicker in the kicking game, and more. Texas should be able to shake out some of those answers against a ULM Warhawks squad coming off their own unsuccessful year one after going 4-8 in the first year under Terry Bowden.
The Longhorns are big favorites but as we learned last year cannot afford to take any win for granted.
I’ve got Bijan Robinson pegged for a couple of Sportscenter highlights as he tries to kick start his Heisman campaign
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- Steve Sarkisian confident in explosiveness of Texas in all three phases
The explosiveness starts in the backfield with the nation’s best running back room, led by Lamborghini-driving junior Bijan Robinson, a Heisman Trophy contender looking to build on his 1,000-yard season as an early entrance into the 2022 NFL Draft looms as a distinct possibility.
- Senior OL Junior Angilau — out
- Senior WR Isaiah Neyor — out
- Junior DL Alfred Collins — out (but dressed)
How to Watch:
TV: Longhorn Network
Time: 7:00 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Odds: The Longhorns are a 37.5 point favorite at DraftKings. Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
Weather: 80 degrees and cloudy