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The Texas Longhorns will face off with the Texas Tech Raiders this Saturday.

On Saturday, the Longhorns will travel to Lubbock to face off against Texas Tech in the Big 12 season opener for both teams.


Ranked at No. 8 on the Associated Press' Top 25 college football rankings, the University of Texas Longhorns come off a bye week after playing UT-El Paso two weeks ago.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns against a UTEP defense that was a good warm up for Ehlinger and new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. The Longhorns averaged almost 12 yards per passing attempt in their first outing, an indication that the Texas offense is rounding the corner in Ellinger's last season. Ellinger is currently a Heisman Trophy contender, the most prestigious award in college football.

The running game, led by junior Keaontay Ingram, was able to net over 200 yards in the home opener. Fans might want to also keep an eye on sophomore Roschon Johnson, who had eight touches against UTEP. The one-two punch of Ingram coupled with Ellinger's ability to run the ball is something the Raiders' defense will have to be prepared for on Saturday.

The Longhorn offense is a step up from Texas Tech's home opening opponent, Houston Baptist. While Tech was able to come out with a win, the Huskies' passing attack shredded the Raiders' secondary.

The Raider offense, led by sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman, will have to keep their defense off the field. Bowman didn't see a lot of time last season, only appearing in three games before getting redshirted as a freshmen. Against HBU, Bowman threw for 430 yards and two touchdowns. The Tech running game was led by sophomore Sarodrick Thompson, who last season rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown when Tech visited Austin, a game the Longhorns won 49-24.

Longhorns fans can expect a chess match between Texas Head Coach Tom Herman and Tech's defensive minded Head Coach Matt Wells.

For the Longhorns to win their Big 12 opener, Texas will need to limit their mistakes and keep long drives going with a dynamic run game and Ehlinger's passing strategy. Saturday should be a good tune-up game for the Longhorns and a chance to see one of the more dynamic offenses in college football hit their stride.


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