Tonight, the LSU Tigers and Texas Longhorns meet. Two historic teams who have only met twice, with two coaches who are inextricably linked because of one night in November of 2016. On that night LSU played Texas A&M, but everyone’s focus was on the news that LSU had offered Tom Herman to be their next head coach.
After the dust settled, it turns out Herman was bound for Texas and Coach O did just enough to convince now jobless Joe Alleva to hire him. Just over two years later these teams meet to see which team got the “right guy.”
Both Texas and LSU dispatched pretty solid Group of Five schools last week by margins of 31 and 52 respectively. LSU has finally brought their offense into the 21st century and their defense absolutely shut down Georgia Southern’s triple option attack last Saturday. Michael Divinity is going to play this week, which will beef up an already terrifying linebacking corps.
The pass defense will be challenged way more this week though, and LSU will have to tackle well, as many of Sam Ehlinger’s throws were underneath last week. The running game didn’t look like vintage LSU though, which could mean trouble because this Texas defensive line is no joke.
The Texas D held Louisiana Tech to just 73 yards on 26 attempts last week. Sure, Tech had a lot of passing yards, but a majority of those came in the 4th quarter, when the game was nowhere near in doubt. Ehlinger looked polished and kept the team converting on third down. Their run game is also a question mark because their running back depth chart has been a gold mine for injuries. However, Keaontay Ingram showed flashes of brilliance last week.
Both of these teams like to start fast, so expect big plays early. Then expect the defenses to settle down. This game will be decided by whichever offense can sustain long drives and score touchdowns in the Red Zone.
How to watch or stream
Time: 6:30 CT
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Line: LSU -6.5