1. Can Texas actually keep up with Georgia
It’s difficult to picture Texas football falling short by two possessions against the Dawgs unless it happens with a late run in the fourth quarter. Texas is going to come out of the gates strong in the Sugar Bowl, and give Georgia a tough test early. The Horns just need to get that rolling for a full 60 minutes.
In the Big 12 Championship Game, the Sooners defeated the Horns by a final score of 39-27. The final score wasn’t an indication of how close the game actually was. Texas controlled the score for a good portion of the game, and led for pretty much the entire first half. Oklahoma started to grab a hold of the momentum late and got a late touchdown that sealed it.
However, that’s not something that usually happens to the Horns under the direction of head Texas football coach Tom Herman. Texas just rises to the occasion under Herman, as it did against an SEC opponent in the Texas Bowl last season. Georgia comes with different circumstances than the Mizzou Tigers did, but it would be nice to see the Horns rise to the occasion against both SEC teams.
Beating the spread shouldn’t be too difficult for the Horns, especially since Georgia isn’t a very high-scoring team. Texas needs to keep a steady pace alive on both sides of the ball to be able to beat the spread. Keeping it close won’t accomplish much for the Horns aside from allowing them to stay within striking distance of pulling off the upset.