The Longhorns not only were able to avoid the hassle of a qualified Louisiana team on Saturday, but made them come out winning by 20 points with a final score of 38-18.
Steve Sarkisian made his Texas head coach debut, and while people were well aware of the success he has had in being one of the best offensive minds in the game, there were still many doubters who believed the Longhorns could not be at the height of the drum. At least not so fast.
Texas proved that the doubters were wrong almost instantly, as the game seemed to have total control at the break. The offensive side of the ball was electric thanks to the play of quarterback Hudson Card, first year red shirt, and to do it all running Bijan Robinson.
Defensive unity was greatly improved over previous years and yielded less than 20 points, which defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski has scored a remarkable goal of his this season. Texas managed to upset Louisiana quarterback Levi Lewis, who caused four sacks a day. The Longhorns also only failed in eight attacks, which was the best mark in 2020.
Bleacher Report set and topped the Longhorns in a place in its top 25 rankings after week 1. Contrary to the AP poll, Bleacher Report saw Texas as number 17 before the start of the season. The victory over Louisiana saw the Longhorns move up one place to number 16 in the country behind schools like Iowa, Florida and Coastal Carolina. Sarkisian’s roster is ahead of UCLA, Virginia Tech and Michigan.
It seems like his ranking gave some disappointing teams the edge of the doubt, as the 7-15 range could really be traded, but it’s certainly a strong start to the Texas season.