Just three days away from the start of the 2022 regular season, the excitement is tangible for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program heading into this weekend. Texas will open up the 2022 regular season slate at home this weekend against head coach Terry Bowden and the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks out of the Sun Belt.
Sark and the Longhorns are coming off a disappointing 2021 campaign where they finished up with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), which saw this team fall short of postseason eligibility for the first time since 2016. This will be the first time that the Longhorns faithful get to see Texas play in live-game action on the Forty Acres since the Black Friday win in the regular season finale last year over the Kansas State Wildcats.
Meanwhile, ULM comes into this game after posting a lowly record of 4-8 (2-6 Sun Belt) last season. That was a big improvement for Bowden and the Warhawks, though, after going winless in 10 games during the 2020 season.
This matchup between Texas and ULM is set to take place at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin on Sep. 3, with the kickoff time set for 7 p.m. CT.
Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information, game time, and a prediction as Texas gets set to take on ULM in the regular season opener on Sep. 3.
How to watch Texas football vs. UL-Monroe
TV: Longhorn Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN(if your TV package includes LHN)
Radio/Audio Stream: Longhorn Radio Network
Game time: 7 p.m. CT kickoff/5 p.m. CT for Texas Gameday preview show
Picking Texas football vs. ULM
This game could get pretty lopsided for the Longhorns this weekend as Sark’s squad opened up as more than a five-possession favorite over the Warhawks. And according to the ESPN Football Power Index, Texas has nearly a 99 percent chance to win this game over ULM.
That should provide the Longhorns with an opportunity to get some of the second and even the third-unit players on the depth chart some key live-game reps before the non-conference slate really ramps up.
Texas fans will also get to see redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers getting live-game reps for the first time in his collegiate career as a starter. Ewers won the starting job in fall camp over junior quarterback Hudson Card.
If Ewers, star junior running back Bijan Robinson, and the Longhorns can get an early jump on the Warhawks in this game, this team will establish a big lead before halftime. That would allow for some of the backups to get some early reps in before Texas faces the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Week 2.
I fully anticipate Sark and the Longhorns will control this game from beginning to end. Regardless if Sark and his staff get some of the younger players in before the fourth quarter, this should be a very winnable game for the Longhorns when it’s all said and done.