1. Sam Ehlinger is perfectly cut out to face SEC competition
In the 28-21 win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl last season, Ehlinger proved he can shoulder the load against a top tier defense from the SEC. He racked up three rushing touchdowns and couldn’t be stopped by a physical and speedy Georgia defense in almost all scenarios.
The threat of Ehlinger’s legs will be constantly lingering in the minds of the LSU defenders. Texas football will have the luxury of focusing more on shutting down the running backs and making the ground game one-dimensional for LSU. Burrow doesn’t have the speed or strength to have as many quality carries as Ehlinger either.
Moreover, Ehlinger got it done when he needed to against Georgia last season by completing 19-of-27 passing attempts for 169 yards and no interceptions. It wasn’t his best statistical passing performance by any means, but he did get the job done efficiently when need be.
The Longhorns do need to watch out for a Burrow that will be coming in on a scorching hot pace from his last two outings. He has nine passing touchdowns and just one interception from the Peach Bowl win over the UCF Knights last season and the win over Georgia Southern over the weekend combined.