The Longhorns handled Louisiana-Lafayette handily last week. The Longhorns defense held the Ragin’ Cajuns to only 18 points. This week Texas heads to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks. Their first SEC opponent since announcing they will be joining the South Eastern Conference by 2025 at the latest. In today’s preview we will look at three key factors to the game and how Texas will fare. grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or cup of coffee and let’s get into it.
QB1 Under the Lights
The biggest challenge I think Texas will face is Hudson Card performing well while being on the road, at night, in a sold-out hostile environment. For a rookie quarterback, that is daunting task. Card impressed everyone against ULL at home, but in a friendly environment like the 40 acres. It remains to be seen how Hudson will face the pressure of playing a night game in a hostile environment and against a very solid Arkansas defense. With a veteran front seven and a talented group of defensive backs, the Razorbacks biggest strength is in their defense. Card will be able to impress a lot more people if he can manage to build upon his Week 1 performance and play even better in Week 2.
The Longhorns Playmakers
As Hudson Card tries to handle being in a new and hostile environment, his playmakers should help him along the way. Jordan Whittington had a spectacular Week 1. He displayed his elite yards after the catch ability while also showing he can get open in tight coverage. Bijan Robinson was as impressive as everyone though he would be, showing he’s an elite running back and perhaps the best in college football. Hudson Card can count on them along with Roschon Johnson, Joshua Moore, Keilan Robinson, and even Xavier Worthy, to make his night easier by winning their matchups and making plays.
The Razorbacks Run Game
Arkansas played Rice Week 1 and ended up winning 38-17. Scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter. Arkansas offense was not very good against rice, especially at moving the ball through the air. KJ Jefferson, Arkansas starting quarterback, had 12 completions on 21 pass attempts. He threw for 128 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Jefferson did contribute a lot as runner, though. Accumulating 89 yards on 9 rushing attempts and scoring 2 touchdowns. Arkansas ran for a total of 245 yards. Trelon Smith was their leading ball carrier and will be Texas’ biggest problem. The Texas defensive line will have to dominate the line of scrimmage and give Brockermeyer and Overshown the chance to make plays without having to shed blocks from the offensive line. This will be a nice test for Texas’ defense as their run defense is still a slight concern. Look for Overshown and Brockermeyer to each have double digit tackles again this week.
Overall, Texas should be able to win on the road against a bottom of the barrel SEC team. However, Arkansas will be tougher than many Longhorns fans expect. Hudson Card starting his first road game in Fayetteville will be challenging, even with his cast of playmakers alongside him. Arkansas run game is solid, but I believe Texas’ defense should be able to handle them like they did Louisiana-Lafayette. My final prediction for Texas @ Arkansas Week 2 is:
Final Score: Texas — 24, Arkansas — 10
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