The Alabama Crimson Tide travel to Austin, Texas where they will face the Texas Longhorns in the most highly anticipated non-conference matchup of the season. Alabama enters the game as a rather large favorite.
This is the first time these two universities have met since their clash in the 2009 National Title game when Alabama came out victorious 37-21. Aside from that, there are plenty of other intriguing headlines such as former Tide offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, taking over the reins at Texas to take on his old boss. Additionally, a few Alabama players have used the transfer portal to wind up at Texas like Agiye Hall and Jahleel Billingsley. Regardless of what Coach Saban says, this one is personal.
So here are five reasons why the Tide will walk away victorious:
The Texas OL will struggle
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Regardless of who you are, trying to contain Dallas Turner and Will Anderson is a massive task. However, a struggling Texas offensive line unit may be in for a long very afternoon. While they held up in the season opener, the lack of experience will show against Alabama’s front seven.
Ewers first P5 opponent
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Quinn Ewers was a perfectly rated recruit coming out of high school, and now we are going to find out what he is really made of. Ewers made his collegiate debut last week against UL Monroe, however, this will be his first time taking on a power five opponent. Not just any opponent either, but Nick Saban and the No. 1 team in the land.
Texas' lack of receiving options
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Going into the season, the strength of the Texas Longhorns was the wide receiving unit lead by arguably the best duo in the country, Xavier Worthy and Isaiah Neyor. However, Neyor suffered a season-ending injury and Worthy is yet to find his rhythm. Outside of TE Ja’Tavion Sanders, nobody on the Longhorns had more than three receptions in week one, and the Tide DBs are a massive upgrade from ULM.
Texas LB's will struggle with the Alabama speed
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The Texas linebackers are going to massively struggle with the Crimson Tide speed, especially that of Jahmyr Gibbs. DeMarvion Overshown has the best chance to keep up with the Alabama speed, however, it isn’t one of the Longhorns’ strongest position groups. Alabama was very balanced in Week 1, and Texas will figure out what they need to stop first.
Texas special teams is inconsistent
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Texas started a frosh kicker in their Week 1 victory over ULM, and he only managed to go 1/2 on the day. Will Reichard will be a massive advantage for Saban and his team. Texas also debuted two punters who totaled three punts on the day averaging 31.66 yards.