On Saturday afternoon, the Texas Longhorns will square of with the San Jose State Spartans for the first time ever. While Texas looks to bounce back from a season-opening loss to Maryland, San Jose State aims for a signature win after pouncing on Cal Poly 34-13 last week following its opening loss to No. 19 USF.
Leading the Spartans into Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium will be first-year head coach Brent Brennan, whose offense will be guided by redshirt freshman gunslinger Montel Aaron. Through two games, Aaron has completed 18 of 30 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns and more notably, he’s yet to throw an interception. Aaron is protected by an experienced offseason line, which has paved the way for a talented stable of running backs led by Zamore Zigler to rush for 380 yards.
Flip the field and San Jose’s strengths seem to align ideally with what Texas should look like entering the game.
The Spartans boast a talented and experienced secondary, but Shane Buechele is now a game-time decision with a shoulder injury so it’s possible true freshman Sam Ehlinger leads the Longhorns on Saturday. Through two games, San Jose State has allowed just 270 total passing yards. The Spartan’s run defense is a different story, though. San Jose State saw USF scamper for 315 yards on the ground, while Cal Poly rushed for another 195. Fortunately for Brennan’s program, Texas’ ground game looked completely incompetent against Maryland, as the ‘Horns rushed for 98 total yards on 31 carries; Chris Warren III led all rushers with 31 yards.
Based on the sheer talent discrepancy, Texas should secure its first win of the Herman era, but San Jose is a quality opponent and could make things very interesting, just as it did by jumping out to a 16-0 lead over Charlie Strong’s USF team to begin the season.
- Texas aims to pick up its first win vs. San Jose State.
The 'Horns will be facing off against a team that has looked fairly competent thus far. San Jose State currently sits at 1-1 after thrashing Division 1-AA Cal Poly 34-13 last Saturday.
Perhaps more impressively, the Spartans overpowered Charlie Strong's South Florida team in the first quarter of week one by jumping out to a 16-0 lead. San Jose State ultimately fell 42-22, but proved it could hang with talented teams.
- San Jose State has its starting quarterback.
- Tom Herman’s rebuild in Austin is going to take some time.
"This is a process and we're in this thing for the long haul,” Herman said. “These nine months of training wasn't just to beat Maryland. This was to install and solidify a culture and a way of doing things and an attitudinal shift that I feel like we're on our way."
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How to watch, listen, and stream
TV: Longhorn Network.
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT.
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Weather: Sunny, high of 87 degrees
Odds: Texas (-26)