Texas Football: 4 takeaways from Longhorns’ fickle win over Rice

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Texas doesn’t have the momentum it wanted heading into the Alabama game

After this win, there is a ton of uncertainty for the Longhorns. Texas has the biggest non-conference game of the season on the horizon in Week 2 on the road in Tuscaloosa against the No. 4 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

Given how the offense looked in this win over Rice, there are obvious concerns about what we can expect from this unit against an Alabama defense that is one of the most talented in the nation this fall.

Texas didn’t show what it needed to get momentum for the offense against Rice. The blocking was shaky from the offensive line, tight ends, and some of the wide receivers. Thus, the ground game couldn’t get going as Sark would like.

Ewers’ shakiness with the deep ball, combined with the pressure he faced in the first half, led to rampant inconsistencies in the passing game, too.

At least Texas can hang its hat on the stellar play from the defense heading into the Alabama game. Since Alabama has its own uncertainties on offense, namely at the quarterback position, Texas might be able to ride its defense to have a shot at pulling the upset of the Tide next weekend in Tuscaloosa.

That seems like a longshot, though, unless something major changes for the Longhorns on offense this week in practice.

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