This marquee matchup has drawn a ton of national attention, so much so that ESPN’s College GameDay will be on-site for the matchup. The level of excitement is so high that the Texas Longhorn game-day experience will feature an outdoor viewing party for all of those that don’t have tickets but want to experience the event.
On the field, this will be the first test of the season for both teams, as they both won their season openers handily. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow put up an impressive 278 yards and five touchdowns in one half of play. The Tigers struggled on the ground, however, as their eleading rusher Clyde Edwards-Helaire managed just 45 yards on nine carries.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger had a night of his own, amassing 276 yards and four touchdowns, while tacking on an additional 34 yards on the ground. The Longhorns are somehow even thinner at running back, as freshman Jordan Whittington is sidelined with a groin injury.
- Columnist Corey Elliot detailed why Saturday’s matchup is more than just the biggest game of the weekend.
Sure, we’ll see a good game or two in the SEC, the Big Ten will have some good games, and I’ll even put Texas A&M’s contest with Clemson on this list, but this game just feels different, bigger, the stakes higher, and the room for error smaller.
- This week’s preview podcast tries to figure out the differentiators for the Longhorns against LSU.
- The Texas offensive line is in for a challenge when LSU rolls into DKR.
- On the flip side, the Texas defensive front can be a differentiator for them against the Tigers.
Ossai and McCulloch have notably both made plays in pass coverage — including the Orange-White game and Ossai’s negated interception against Louisiana Tech, the two have combined for four since the Kansas game. Departed starters Gary Johnson and Anthony Wheeler never intercepted a pass in six combined seasons at Texas. Wheelernever even broke up a pass under Orlando, while Johnson only had two.
- Joe Burrow has seemingly taken the next step in his development as a quarterback.
- What can the Texas defense expect from LSU’s new-look offense when they square off?
Playing in the Big 12, the Longhorns shouldn’t necessarily be caught off guard by a hurry-up, no-huddle spread offense, but there’s no doubt that the Texas defense will need to use this entire week to shore up questions in its secondary as best they can before kickoff Saturday evening.
- Sophomore WR Joshua Moore (suspension) — out
- Junior RB Daniel Young (ankle) — out
- Freshman RB Jordan Whittington (groin) - out
- Senior RB Kirk Johnson (knee) — out
- Freshman OL Reese Moore (knee) — out
How to Watch:
Time: 6:30 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: Texas +6.5
Weather: High of 100 degrees and sunny
Longhorn City Limits: Rob Baird (3:30 p.m.) and Midland (5:00 p.m.)