Another glorious week of college football is upon us and there are some great NCAAF matchups in Week 2. One of them takes place Saturday night in Austin, Texas, where sixth-ranked LSU faces ninth-ranked Texas. Last week was like kissing your sister when Notre Dame decided to win by exactly 18 points. This week, we go big or we go home.
Where: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
Current Line: TEX +6.5 Total: 57.5
TV Coverage: ABC
So, all the talk is about how LSU’s offense has advanced from the “three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust” to the modern day spread. Last week in a win over Georgia Southern, LSU QB Joe Burrow tied a school record with five touchdown passes … in the first half! Burrow would finish the day completing 23-of-27 passes for 278 yards and he didn’t throw an interception.
The problem for LSU is that the Texas defense is not Georgia Southern. The Longhorns forced three turnovers last week and held Louisiana Tech to just 73 rushing yards. Louisiana Tech is not LSU, but the Longhorns defense is good despite having to replace eight starters from a year ago.
There are several things that Texas head coach Tom Herman is very good at. One is offense. The Longhorns averaged an offensive snap every 22.8 seconds last week in putting up 45 points on Louisiana Tech. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is the guy that makes the Longhorns go. He accounted for over 300 total yards last week and threw four touchdown passes.
The other thing Herman is really good at is coaching in big games.
As a head coach, Herman is 10-6 SU in games where his team has been the underdog and a whopping 13-2-1 ATS, giving confidence to college football bettors. On the other end, LSU is just 8-8 when playing as the favorite, as they are on Saturday night.
Texas is 5-1 SU in their last six games. The Longhorns are also 5-1 SU in their last six games played in September. Home field is a distinct advantage in college football and Texas is 6-1 SU in their last seven home games.
This week, it’s upset city! Take Texas on the moneyline.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.