No. 21 Texas will host UTSA in Week 3 for the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Steve Sarkisian’s squad put together one of their best performances against the top team in the country last week, while Jeff Traylor has UTSA trending in the right direction.
A few key injuries have been the primary storyline for Texas heading into this matchup. Sarkisian is not announcing who will start at quarterback against the Roadrunners.
Quinn Ewers is expected to miss a few weeks with a shoulder sprain, while backup Hudson Card is dealing with an ankle sprain. Redshirt freshman Charles Wright will get the start if Ewers and Card cannot play. Bijan Robinson and D’Shawn Jamison are also considered day-to-day with injuries of their own.
The Longhorns should be able to rely on their defense to escape their final nonconference game with a win. UTSA has a handful of injuries along the offensive line.
Here’s a look at Longhorns Wire’s game predictions for Texas-UTSA on Saturday evening.
Texas can not afford to let the Alabama game beat them twice. UTSA is a really solid football team. If Texas comes out of the gates sleepwalking, the Roadrunners are certainly capable of pulling the upset.
Texas’ biggest advantage is on both lines of scrimmage. The Longhorns generated tons of pressure against Bryce Young last week, which will be a formula for success moving forward. Offensively, Texas needs to establish the run with its talented running back group. Roschon Johnson should receive some work in the wildcat package.
The Longhorns should have no issue taking care of business if they play to expectations.
Prediction: Texas 35, UTSA 24
Texas needs to prove their impressive performance last week wasn’t a fluke. The Longhorns are known to drop a game or two that they shouldn’t, especially after putting together one of their best showings. However, it feels as if Steve Sarkisian has the culture and ability to deal with adversity at an all-time high right now.
Regardless of who starts at quarterback, expect to see a heavy dose of Roschon Johnson. With UTSA banged up along the offensive line, Texas should feel confident that their defense can win them this game if needed.
Prediction: Texas 38, UTSA 24
The closer we get to the game, the more confident I am in Texas. If the Longhorns protect the football they should sustain drives. Texas should be able to gut out multiple scores.
Prediction: Texas 34, UTSA 16
The Texas Longhorns came close to upsetting the No. 1 team in the country last weekend, and now former assistant Jeff Traylor comes to town with his UTSA Roadrunners. UTSA took Houston to overtime recently but fell short, while Texas is looking to finish out its nonconference schedule with a victory in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. If able to play, backup quarterback Hudson Card will likely lead the Horns while Quinn Ewers recovers from his shoulder injury sustained against Alabama.
Prediction: Texas 42, UTSA 38