After the two teams played for a national championship nearly 13 years ago, the Texas Longhorns and No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide are ready to square off in a blockbuster non-conference matchup on Saturday in Austin.
College GameDay, Big Noon Kickoff, and the Today Show are all in town for the game, aiding what should be a raucous atmosphere at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in the biggest home game for Texas since facing No. 1 Ohio State in 2006. Here’s what fans need to know about attending College GameDay.
The Crimson Tide travel to the Forty Acres as heavy favorites, and rightfully so, returning the core of a team that played for a national championship with the addition of several pieces at key positions. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young is coming off of another Heisman-worthy performance in the 55-point drubbing of the Utah State Aggies, bringing momentum and confidence with him.
Defensively, edge Will Anderson, a likely top-choice in the upcoming NFL Draft, leads a defense that poses a significant danger to Texas in the passing game facing a young offensive line starting two true freshman, including left tackle Kelvin Banks.
The Longhorns seem prepared and should build off of a dominant Game 1 win, but are also playing down the importance of the win as it relates to their season goals.
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- The training wheels are off for Quinn Ewers
As the Southlake Carroll product grows into his role as a starter, Sarkisian took heart from Ewers’ response to adversity. In fact, Sarkisian even said he was thankful that Ewers didn’t come out and complete a long string of passes in a row. Instead, Ewers had a chance to show the even-keeled nature that impressed his teammates during preseason camp and helped him win the job.
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- For Steve Sarkisian and Texas, Alabama is just another game on the schedule
“I’ve said all along, my goal is to be in Dallas December 3. This game has no impact on that, right? It would be great, awesome opponent, I want to play really well and make sure that our guys play our style of football, our brand of football, and do it the way we know we’re capable of doing it. I’m sure they’re saying the same thing in their locker room because we don’t impact them going to the SEC Championship game either.”
- Senior OL Junior Angilau — out
- Senior WR Isaiah Neyor — out
How to Watch:
Time: 11:00 a.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Odds: The Longhorns are a 20.5 point underdog at DraftKings. Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.
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