3 reasons why Texas football will crush LA-Monroe in Week 1

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Bijan Robinson and the overwhelming might of the Texas running backs

One of the biggest reasons for optimism for the Longhorns this season is the depth and overwhelming talent present in this running back room. Led by Heisman contender and star junior running back Bijan Robinson, Texas might have the deepest backfield not just in the Big 12, but in the entire country.

Texas will have to earn that title of best running back room in the entire country, though. That’s not a given heading into the season.

Yet, I do firmly believe that Bijan is going to get off to an electrifying start given his insane effectiveness against Group of Five opponents in the last couple of years. In three games against Group of Five opponents in his career, Bijan has registered 268 rushing yards on 38 carries (7.1 yards per carry), four rushing touchdowns, and just under 100 receiving yards with one touchdown catch.

And considering that two of those three games came either when Bijan was a true freshman or against a top 25 defense (against Louisiana last season), those are some pretty impressive numbers for the star running back.

Moreover, this ULM defense allowed 162.8 rushing yards per game last season (82nd in FBS), 4.5 yards per carry (88th in FBS), and 1.8 rushing touchdowns (91st in FBS).

ULM also definitely didn’t see a running back the caliber of Bijan last season.

Texas should be able to gash ULM on the ground from the get-go in this game. We should also see a pretty heavy workload go to sophomore running back Jonathon Brooks, redshirt junior Keilan Robinson, and even true freshman Jaydon Blue.

If senior running back Roschon Johnson is back near full health, then we could see a heavy dose of him too. But Sark and his staff might want to preserve Roschon for next weekend’s big-time contest against the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide since he suffered an ankle sprain earlier in fall camp.