It’s Time To Get Your Horns Up

Texas 105,213 fans have an impact on the game
Coach Sarkisian, Texas players, Coach Saban, and Alabama players all said that the Texas Longhorns crowd had an impact on the game. #HookEm (photo Don Bender / Horns Illustrated)

Driving to Tuscaloosa we went over a hundred scenarios and questioned everything. Did Texas hold something back in game one against Rice so that Alabama couldn't get a good read on Texas? Why did Alabama take Jalen Milroe out early? What plays did both teams not run that we will see? Will Ewers connect deep? Will we seen any blocked punts?

If EVERYONE did not think Texas could beat Alabama, this game was not be so big. While folks are reserved in saying so, in their hearts they know Texas has a real-real good chance of beating Alabama today.

Nick Saban used his press conference to remind everyone, seemed directed at Texas, that we should have "pride in performance" instead of trying to figure out what the other team was going to scheme. Sarkisian reminded, maybe he was talking to Saban also, that Texas went to another level in practice that he has not seen.

Between Saban and Sarkisian there is no hype. They both are serious and their words are clear. Texas is coming to Roll Tide and Alabama is going to get it their best shot.

Some keys to look for: Alabama secondary playing up (not as deep) against Texas, the left side run game for Texas, Alabama's ability to run and how well can Milroe break free for yardage if the pass is available, and special teams.

Expect special teams to be a big factor in the game. It's one of Sarkisian and Banks' secret weapons.

One thing we can expect. Texas will come out hitting hard like Mike Tyson, and not stopping until until the game is called.

Get Your Horns Up