Saturday’s showdown between No. 1 Alabama and Texas is the most anticipated non-conference game of the season, and so far in one quarter, it has delivered the goods. The Crimson Tide hold a 10-3 advantage over the Longhorns behind an 81-yard TD run from Jase McClellan late in the first quarter.
Unfortunately, the story of the first 15 minutes was the injury suffered by Texas star quarterback Quinn Ewers, who was forced out of the game with a shoulder injury as the first quarter drew to a close. Ewers, who got off on his own but favored the shoulder area, was impressive against Tide’s vaunted pre-injury defense, completing 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards.
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How to Watch Alabama vs Texas Live
Date: Saturday September 10 | Time: Noon ET
Location: DKR Texas Memorial Stadium — Austin, TX
TV: Fox | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
Alabama vs. Texas: Need to Know
How will Ewers handle the pressure? : It’s only the second significant game of Ewers’ career, and they don’t get much bigger than that. A big question before the game is how Ewers will handle the relentless pressure from a Crimson Tide defense that lost five tackles last week against the Aggies. He had 225 yards, two touchdowns and one interception last week against the Warhawks and completed 66.7% of his passes. How will he handle a face full of menace EDGE superstar Will Anderson Jr.? He’s got the guns on the outside to get the job done, but his offensive line gave up five tackles for the last-game loss — tied for sixth in the Big 12 after Week 1.
Bryce Young’s Heisman Suite: The Crimson Tide star quarterback got off to a great start against Utah State when he threw for 195 yards, threw for five touchdowns, rushed for 100 yards and scored a rushing score. It was a stellar opener for Young, but it didn’t feel like a big scene. This game will be different. The entire college football world will be tuning in to this one, and it’s a perfect place for Young to make another statement considering the struggles the Longhorns have had on the defensive side of the ball over the course of the game. first year and more of the Sarkisian era.
A game defining program? Sarkisian played down the significance of this game in regards to his 2022 goal of making the Big 12 championship game, as it won’t count towards his conference record. He did, however, leave the door open that this could be a program-defining game. What does that mean, though? It’s simple. “Texas is back” has become a sarcastic joke since it’s been “down” essentially since losing to Tide in the title match over a decade ago. However, a win over the defending SEC champions and the nation’s top-ranked team — especially as the two will be conference foes for the foreseeable future — will make a massive statement to the rest of the football world. university.
Alabama vs Texas prediction, picks
This one comes down to a simple question: Can the Texas defense shake Young? Alabama’s offensive line has been a constant problem, and it’s hard to tell if it was fixed after a game against Utah State. That said, the Longhorns’ defense was brutal for a while, but gave up just 4.05 yards per play and dropped eight tackles last week. I have more faith in Young than the Texas defense, and the defending Heisman Trophy winner should lead the Crimson Tide to cover … even if it’s late in the fourth quarter. Prediction: Alabama -20
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