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Game preview: Longhorns take on Texas Tech in Big 12 opener

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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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway