2. Speed, speed, and more speed
Against opposition like Georgia and Oklahoma last season, the Texas football program proved that all its recent success on the recruiting trail panned out almost immediately. The raw talent and speed that the Longhorns bring to the table on both sides of the ball makes them potentially the best team to matchup with the SEC’s elite squads than anyone else in the Big 12.
The disadvantage that head coach Lincoln Riley and his Oklahoma squad is put at when facing the SEC is the complete lapsing of the defense. He might be better off this fall with the addition of defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, but the Oklahoma defense still has a lot of question marks.
However, the Longhorns held the Georgia ground game led by star running back D’Andre Swift and the passing attack led by talented quarterback Jake Fromm completely at bay in the Sugar Bowl to cap last season. LSU will be a different challenge, but Fromm and LSU’s quarterback do share similarities in the nature of their skill sets.
From the secondary led by safeties Caden Sterns and Brandon Jones to the receiving corps led by Duvernay and freshman Jake Smith, the Longhorns have a ton of speed that LSU wouldn’t expect out of most Big 12 teams. That could catch the Tigers by surprise early on and work far in Texas’ advantage.