Background (recruits, transfers and returners): Steve Sarkisian and the longhorns didn’t make a great first impression going 5-7 along with a 6 game losing streak in Sarks first year. Texas had an amazing offseason with recruits and transfers. Texas was able to recruit two big 5 star o-lineman in Devon Campbell and Kelvin Banks. The o-line has been a bit of a mystery in the past years. The line starts out and never reach full potential until it’s all seniors. These two should change that for sure though. Defensively, Texas added more linebacker damage to go with Demarvion Overshown, Jaylen Ford, and edge rusher Prince Dorbah adding 4 star edge rushers J’mond Tapp and Justice Finkley. They were able to get decent 4 star backups in WR Brennen Thompson and a backfield of Jaydon Blue at RB and Malik Murphy at QB. Texas also landed some big transfers headlined by 5 star QB Quinn Ewers from Ohio State along with CB Ryan Watts to help out Anthony Cook and D’Shawn Jamison. Texas added to the air game that’s already stacked with Biletnikoff award favorite Xavier Worthy with Wyoming wideout Isaiah Neyor and Alabama TE and WR Agiye Hall and Jahleel Billingsley. They also kept key players starting with Hudson Card at quarterback who will compliment Ewers as a backup. The scary backfield duo in Roschon Johnson and Bijan Robinson and breakout star Keilan Robinson. The air attack is still looking good with Xavier Worthy and big slot Jordan Wittington. The defense is looking better with big lineman Alfred Collins, Keondre Coburn, and Moro Ojomo. The also got solid backers in Demarvion Overshown, Jaylon Ford, and Prince Dorbah. The rush game could be deadly for Texas. The DB’s will be decent with D’Shawn Jamison and Anthony Cook who should turn out to be a great duo.
Non Conference: Texas got the luck of the draw getting 3 non conference home games. They play Louisiana Monroe and UTSA which should come out in two wins for the horns. ULM might be an interesting being the first time this new and young team has play together as a unit. Game three, well that’s going to be a dozy. Big bad Alabama. A game Texas is expected to drop but it wont be any less than exciting. There will be a sold out DKR with 100,000+ in attendance watching a legendary matchup with two legendary programs.
Conference: Conference play starts out in the Panhandle in Lubbock against the Red Raiders. Texas looks to repeat or add to their 70-35 win against the Red Raiders. Tech will be a worthy foe but the horns should pull out with a victory and head home to face the Mountaineers of West Virginia. Texas always seems to struggle this week of the season, but with a revamped team the horns look and keep the momentum rolling going into the most important game of the year. The Red River Rivalry. Oklahoma and Texas is arguably the greatest rivalry in sports. Oklahoma has bettered Texas the last four years. The last two years have been heartbreakers for the horns. In 2020, Oklahoma won in a four OT game that was the third highest scoring game in the series 53-45. 2021 was even worse for UT fans. Texas gave up a 21 point lead and lost on a last second touchdown. Texas looks to take this year with Oklahoma losing their head coach and both quarterbacks. They go on a 3 game “state” team run. Kansas and Iowa St should both come out but Oklahoma St could be a different story. This game in Stillwater could easily determine a spot in the XII championship. The energy at that game will be unmatched than any of the previous games in the series. The last three games should be 3 wins. Baylor is coming off their first XII championships but should be a win for the horns along with TCU who last their legendary head coach Gary Patterson. Kansas will be a game to watch. This is a Kansas crowd that watched their team beat Texas on the road a year ago. Texas just not hope to repeat that this year and go to Lawrence and go Jayhawk hunting.
The horns and Steve Sarkisian hope to have a better year than last year and bring a trophy home to Austin.