Start Time: 7pm CT
Location: Austin, TX, DKR Memorial Stadium
TV/Streaming: Longhorn Network
Radio: Big Country 99.5 FM or Online
Stats: Live Stats
Betting Line: Texas -23 Over/Under 62
Luke Skipper played well last week and the running game was strong, giving both backs plenty of carries down the stretch. I expect Skipper to be sharp again this time around but there’s reason for concern about the run game going into the teeth of the Texas defense. Coach Montgomery has taken the play-calling duties and we’ve seen a renewed confidence in the run game.
In American conference play, there’s reason to believe this strategy will be effective. Dominant run defenses are few and far between in the division, so from a 10,000 feet view it makes sense to lean on the ground game. However, this is a week where the talent disparity is going to inhibit any consistent push in the run game.
A slow start, underwhelming QB play, and costly mistakes late in the game. Sound familiar? Texas’ performance against Maryland in Week One was reminiscent of their play all of last year. It feels as though the Horns have been shuffling through the same mediocre QBs over the last 2-3 seasons and the results are the same.
The Texas offense struggles to get the ball to its playmakers through the air and leans on its ground game to cover up for that. Unfortunately, the Golden Hurricane defense might be the perfect slump-buster for the Horns’ offensive woes.
Maryland upsetting Texas last weekend really hurts any upset bid that Tulsa may have had coming into this one, I think Tulsa is going to hang tough in the first half but the talent and depth of the Texas roster will allow them to break it open in the second half. Tulsa’s plan to pound on defensive lines with the run game isn’t going to be effective against a bigger, stronger team like Texas.
Texas 38 Tulsa 21