It was encouraging to see Quinn Ewers perform well in his 2023 debut for the Longhorns. Ewers appeared to have the offense under control, going 19 for 30 for 260 yards and three touchdowns despite a shaky start. If Texas hopes to win what could be the most important non-conference game of the 2023 season, they’ll need a huge performance from Ewers in Tuscaloosa.
While LB Jaylan Ford continued his stellar performance from 2021, it is DE Ethan Burke who stands out. After his performance against Rice, the sophomore now leads the team with 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss entering Week 2. While the Alabama offensive line will be a much tougher test than Rice was, it appears that Texas has a young man who will play a significant role on defense.
After Jalen Milroe’s performance on Saturday, the so-called “quarterback competition” in Tuscaloosa was clearly nothing more than a media fiction. Milroe had an outstanding performance despite playing Middle Tennessee State. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Milroe appears to be Nick Saban’s clear cut answer at quarterback, despite the fact that the Texas defense will be considerably tougher in Week 2.
In college football, and especially for Nick Saban, true freshmen rarely start at safety. But Caleb Downs isn’t your usual rookie, and he didn’t act like one in his debut. With eight tackles and a sack on his name, Downs was the Crimson Tide’s top defender. Given that Texas boasts one of the best wide receiver groups in college football, Downs’ performance in Week 2 will be crucial.
How well do the Longhorns perform? That’s the plot for Texas in this piece. After all we heard this offseason, the 16-3 halftime score against Rice did not sit well with Austinites. They eventually won 37-10, but a slow start like that is unacceptable on the road against the nation’s fourth-ranked squad.
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Texas Longhorns vs Alabama Crimson Tide Game Information
- Date: 09/09/2023
- Time: 07:00 PM ET
- Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL.
- How to Watch Texas vs Alabama : ESPN
- Live Stream: fubo.tv