Texas Football: 5 biggest storylines heading into the LSU game

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5. Tom Herman as an underdog

It’s no secret how good Texas football can be under Herman as an underdog in the betting line or in the public eye. The assumption is that the Longhorns are going to get overwhelmed by LSU in the trenches and ultimately falter because of it. I wouldn’t count on that happening so fast.

The incredible record Herman has against the spread at Texas is highlighted by wins against Oklahoma and Georgia last year. He is 8-2-1 against the spread as the Longhorns head coach and 13-2-1 overall during his coaching career between Texas and the Houston Cougars. LSU fans can’t even overlook that fact.

Combine the home crowd atmosphere with an underdog Texas coming out after a Week 1 convincing victory against a quality Louisiana Tech Bulldogs team under head coach Skip Holtz and you get a tough place for LSU to walk into on Saturday night. Herman will surely have his team fired up and ready to go.

An over/under for the game set at 55.5-points also highlights the fact that the oddsmakers think that it will be more of a defensive struggle.

Moreover, if the betting line increases anymore in favor of the Tigers, watch out for the Longhorns to come storming out of the gates.