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

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2. Front seven is stout yet again

The Texas football defense had its fair share of problems in Week 2. But there’s at least one positive that we can takeaway from the last two weeks of play for this defense for the Longhorns. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando clearly has another potent and stout front seven on his hands. This is the third straight year this happened.

It shouldn’t be considered a coincidence that the Longhorns have a solid front seven for every single year that Orlando was this program’s defensive coordinator. In the loss to LSU, the Longhorns front seven gave up just 3.5 yards per carry and a bit over 100 rushing yards. That’s a nice showing compared to how the pass defense appeared.

Yet, this secondary has to improve from what it showed against an LSU passing attack that shouldn’t have gashed Texas like it did. Burrow led the Tigers to post an insane 471 passing yards and four touchdowns. He completed more than 75 percent of his passing attempts for the second straight week, but did have one interception.

This Texas defense needs to use it’s strong mix of blitz packages to throw off opponents during Big 12 play and ride that to mask all the deficiencies of the secondary for the time being. Since the Longhorns do have studs back in the defensive backfield like second-year corner Jalen Green, sophomore safety Caden Sterns, and senior Brandon Jones, there is hope still.