Opinion: Texas shouldn’t have to dig that deep for its offseason motto
The Texas Longhorns have plenty of fuel as they enter spring practice ahead of the 2023 season. They owe their second scheduled opponent payback.
Texas gets a grudge match with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2023. The game will be deeply personal.
Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner took the Longhorns off what looked to be an upward trajectory last season. He did so by knocking out Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers before the freshman could finish what had the makings of the upset of the year.
At the time of the injury, Ewers was 9-for-12 for 134 yards with the Longhorns on the verge of a 10-10 tie. Alabama delivered the knockout blow.
From there the game became an ugly defensive battle in which the Tide escaped with a 20-19 win. Now, Texas will look to get a win of its own on the road.
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian needs to get a win in Tuscaloosa this season. It’s not too early to impress that point on his team. Stated or unstated, it must become the focus of the offseason. Beat Alabama.
Last offseason, I opined Oklahoma would be the most important game of the year. And while Red River will always bear significance, this year’s Alabama game will have colossal implications the Sooners can’t yet generate.
We’ll judge the offseason success based on how well Sarkisian prepares his team for the Tide. Should he earn an upset win, it could change the entire perception of Texas inside and outside the program. Preparation starts this spring.