How can Texas football use junior Sam Ehlinger to their advantage to come out on top against Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers in Week 2?
Whichever quarterback finds his rhythm first in the primetime national showdown between Texas football and the No. 6 ranked LSU Tigers could be a deciding factor in who ultimately emerges victorious. This is one of the better and more crucial quarterback matchups for Texas the entire season.
Texas took on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the regular season opener last weekend. Four passing touchdowns and no picks from junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger guided Texas to a 45-14 convincing victory over head coach Skip Holtz and Louisiana Tech. He was nearly spotless as he only got sacked once and completed 28 of his 38 passing attempts.
Meanwhile LSU is coming off a 55-3 dismantling of the Georgia Southern Eagles at home. Senior former transfer quarterback Joe Burrow completed around 85 percent of his pass attempts for five touchdowns and no interceptions. He complimented a Power LSU rushing attack to completely overpower Georgia Southern by halftime.
This will be the second time in the last three Texas outings facing an elite SEC opponent. Texas knocked off the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl to round our last season. If Texas gets yet another win against a top 10 ranked SEC opponent, then it could vault them directly into the thick of the College Football Playoff conversation.
The quarterback needed to make that elusive run to winning the Big 12 Championship Game and earning a berth in the College Football Playoff might’ve arrived with Ehlinger. But LSU has a similar confidence that it found the right quarterback to finally get into the Playoff with Burrow.
Here’s a look at the definitive three reasons why junior Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger is flat out better than LSU’s senior signal caller Joe Burrow.