Texas football is prepping for its biggest home game in more than 10 years when it hosts LSU in what has a chance to be a landmark game for the Herman era.
So what can we expect? Here are xx bold predictions for the Longhorns vs. Tigers.
Sam Ehlinger will lead the team in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns
Keaontay Ingram will get his carries, but in big games Sam Ehlinger often takes the lead in the Longhorns ground game. Look for Texas to use run-pass options to counter LSU's speed and size up front and get the big Texas receivers blocking downfield.
Ingram is also the Longhorns' only healthy full-time scholarship running back right now, which might make Ehlinger the team's second-best available running back by default.
LSU will struggle to run the ball
The Tigers were mediocre against on the ground against a bad Georgia Southern team a week ago. That certainly doesn't bode well for them going up against an active young Texas front seven. The Longhorns have are going to sell out on the run and force LSU quarterback Joe Burrow into obvious passing situations.
In the best possible outcome LSU will flirt with 200 total rushing yards, but we are predicting an output under 150, which could make for an obvious advantage for the Longhorns.
We'll see much more of Cade Brewer
LSU is clearly going to have its hands full with the talented Texas receivers all over the field, but they will be wise not to forget about Cade Brewer. The Longhorns are going to find a way to get their tight end the ball over the middle to hurt a Tigers secondary that will be too spread out to stop everybody.
Brewer could be a major key to a potential Texas victory.
Devin Duvernay will score a rushing touchdown
Nobody could have known just how well Duvernay was going to adapt to playing in the slot, but he looked like he'd been there his whole life against Louisiana Tech.
Don't be surprised to see Texas utilize a few jet sweeps to take the pressure off a super thin running back group. He's got the speed and ball skills to capitalize on those opportunities.
Roschon Johnson will be involved in some sort of trick play
When your No. 2 running back on the depth chart is a converted quarterback you are just asking the possibility of shenanigans on the field.
I think we'll see Tim Beck and Tom Herman come up with a way to utilize Johnson's ability to throw the ball at some point, whether it be a running back pass or some sort of throwback.