Texas Football: 3 bold predictions for dodgy Big 12 opener vs. Texas Tech

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Hudson Card, Texas football
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The Big 12 opener is now a little less than 48 hours away, which will present the first test in conference play for head coach Steve Sarkisian and No. 22 ranked Texas football. Texas will battle new head coach Joey McGuire and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road in Lubbock to open up the Big 12 slate this weekend.

Not only will this be the first Big 12 game of the regular season for the Longhorns, but it will also be the first road game of the 2022 campaign. Texas rounded out the non-conference slate last weekend with a big win over the UTSA Roadrunners with the third straight home game at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

This is a winnable game for Texas, but Texas Tech will clearly present a challenge, especially when hosting the Longhorns in Lubbock. Texas will have to overcome another gritty and challenging opponent that has some talent and toughness on defense.

Bold predictions for Hudson Card and Texas football in the Big 12 opener vs. Texas Tech

Here’s a look at three bold predictions as the Longhorns get set to take on Texas Tech on the road in the Big 12 opener on Sep. 24.

Hudson Card throws for more than 300 yards

Assuming that the starting quarterback this weekend is junior Hudson Card, this Texas offense should still be in good hands this weekend. Card played well against a good Roadrunner defense that brought a lot of experience to the table at all levels last weekend.

Card and the Longhorns will have a big-time opportunity to take the top off the defense against the Red Raiders this weekend. Defending the deep pass is actually one of the few weaknesses of this Texas Tech defense so far this season. Texas Tech is one of roughly a dozen FBS teams that have allowed at least three passing plays of at least 50 yards.

This looks to be a spot where Card will have the chance to finally connect on the deep ball with some of his top targets such as star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy. And if he can finally connect on the deep ball, Card will have a great opportunity to notch a career-high in passing yards in this game.

The previous career-high for Card in passing yards in a game is 224, which he notched in Texas’ season opener last year against Louisiana.