Texas Football: 4 ways the Longhorns can still make CFP after LSU loss

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3. Sam Ehlinger continues to prove he’s big time

Between the play of younger emerging stars on both sides of the ball like sophomore wide receiver Brennan Eagles or sophomore linebacker Joe Ossai, Texas football does have a lot to be excited about beyond yesterday’s loss. We’ll see how all this young talent holds up at the outset of the Big 12 schedule in a couple weeks.

Junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger could be about the best that this LSU defense could see this fall in terms of a dual-threat carrying his team. Ehlinger performed up to par against Burrow in the eventual defeat. But the loss definitely wasn’t anywhere close to falling on the shoulders of Ehlinger after he registered more than 460 total yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns.

The Heisman campaign for Ehlinger is well underway now after he torched a good LSU secondary. But his receiving corps and ground game could’ve done a bit more to help him. Mainly the defense needs to help Ehlinger more beyond what the Longhorns received from a stout sophomore like Ossai.

The emerging connections for Ehlinger with Eagles and senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay are nothing to gloss over. Ehlinger found the breakthrough wideout that is Eagles for around 175 yards and three touchdowns in just the past two weeks. He also has well over 700 total yards from scrimmage and nine total touchdowns to start the 2019 campaign.