Texas’ depth will help them pull away from a thinner Wyoming squad in the second half
One of Texas’s biggest advantages against any opposition it faces this fall is the depth it boasts on both sides of the ball. This year’s Texas roster is the deepest and most talented Sark has had in his three years as the head coach of the Longhorns.
Texas goes at least two-deep at almost every position group, especially at the skill positions and on defense.
Wyoming, meanwhile, has a good amount of experienced and gritty starters on their roster this year. But the depth is lacking in the two-deep at most spots, especially where it matters in the trenches and secondary on defense. Wyoming only rotates three guys at defensive end and three guys along the interior defensive line, which can make it difficult to avoid fatigue in the second half if Texas wins the possession battle.
There are also depth concerns for Wyoming and offensive coordinator Tim Polasek at key spots on offense. Sixth-year senior and starting quarterback Andrew Peasley is questionable with an upper-body injury heading into Week 3 after he took a lot of hits in the first two games this season. Since Peasley leads the team in rushing and is the only Wyo quarterback who has attempted a pass this season, it’s risky to let him take even more hits in this game.
This could be a long day for the Wyoming offense, given Texas’s newfound strength at edge rusher between freshman linebacker/hybrid pass rusher Anthony Hill Jr. and sophomore Ethan Burke. Hill leads the Big 12 in sack percentage after a huge performance with two sacks last week in the win over Alabama.
Against a Wyoming offensive line with questions along the interior and at right tackle with a first-year starter in Caden Barnett, Hill and the Longhorns should have a big day rushing the passer on Sep. 16.
Wyo is also thin at running back after it lost its rushing leader from last season, Titus Swen, who was dismissed from the team late in the fall of 2022. Wyoming also suffered two unfortunate season-ending injuries at running back during fall camp.
Texas’ depth on both sides of the ball should wear down the Cowboys as this game progresses, even if Sark and the Longhorns put in some younger players in the second half.