Wake up! It’s game day in Austin, Texas.
After a tough loss on the road to Arkansas, Steve Sarkisian’s Southwest Conference record is 0-1. He will have a chance to pull back to .500 Saturday night at home against Rice.
The big news of the week is Casey Thompson getting the starting nod at quarterback. After Hudson Card struggled last week, Sarkisian decided to make the change. Both are expected to play throughout, getting a test run before Big 12 play begins next week.
Adjustments are needed throughout the field as well, not just at quarterback. Kyle Flood’s offensive line struggled mightily against an SEC caliber defense and needs to respond. The same starting five of Jones-Okafor-Majors-Angilau-Kerstetter is expected to make the start.
Pete Kwiatkowski’s unit needs to improve as well.
The only reason Texas was in the game coming out of the halftime gate against Arkansas was because of the defense. However, no Longhorn could make a stop in the run game in the second half. Better pressure from the defensive line would be considered a win.
Here is the pregame buzz on Twitter as Texas gets ready to face Rice on Saturday night.
— Inside Texas (@InsideTexas) September 18, 2021
The newest addition to the Hall of Fame sure looks good y’all
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) September 18, 2021
44 is much more than a jersey number.
It’s a heartbreaking reminder of a life cut tragically short. But it’s also an unforgettable tribute.
The story of Cole Pittman tomorrow on Texas GameDay. pic.twitter.com/2xFIa75zA1
— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) September 17, 2021
“But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why … fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon … not because they are easy, but Because They Are HARD” – JFK #RFND #Gameday pic.twitter.com/yE3KgwlIho
— Rice Owls Equipment (@RiceOwlsEQ) September 18, 2021
Looking forward to seeing this feature before the game tonight on Texas GameDay. Thank You @LonghornNetwork for sharing the story and legacy of Cole Pittman
— John Bianco (@UT_Bianco) September 18, 2021