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LSU Tigers vs Texas Longhorns: Predictions, Odds and How to Watch

How to Watch LSU Tigers vs Texas Longhorns

Where: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX

When: Saturday, September 7th at 7:30pm EST.

How (TV): ABC

LSU Tigers (Away)

Head Coach: Ed Orgeron {All-Time: 42-36 | MISS, USC, LSU}

Regular Season Record: 1-0

After a light warm up in week one, the LSU Tigers get their chance to prove that they can contend with other major programs for a spot in the College Football Playoff. The biggest question surrounding this program dating back to Les Miles’ last couple of seasons is the lack of a potent passing game, a void that quarterback Joe Burrow may be capable of filling.

Burrow provided some hope to LSU fans in last week’s 55-3 blowout of Georgia Southern, where he completed 23 of 27 throws for 278 yards and five touchdowns, a mark that tied Zach Mettenberger’s single game school record. Three of those touchdowns were caught by sophomore wideout Terrace Marshall Jr., which were the first scores of the Bossier City native’s career.

The Bayou Bengals did not let Georgia Southern’s triple option offense to build up steam, limiting the Eagles to 98 total yards of offense. Defensive end Rashard Lawrence and outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson were the main contributors with regards to turnovers, with each defender forcing one fumble each.

Texas Longhorns (Home)

Head Coach: Tom Herman {All-Time: 40-14 | HOU, TEX}

Regular Season Record: 1-0

Like the Tigers, the Texas Longhorns are on a mission to prove that they belong among college football’s elite programs. Although the Longhorns have been hit early by injuries, their 45-14 week one victory over Louisiana Tech should still raise some concerns.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger put together a solid passing performance, throwing for 276 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those throws were caught by sophomore receiver Brennan Eagles, while top targets Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay each pulled in one touchdown grab. Lead back Keaontay Ingram put up 121 yards from scrimmage while also scoring on a goal line carry in the third quarter.

Although the Longhorns put up 454 yards themselves, their defense also allowed Louisiana Tech to rack up 413 yards, with 340 coming in the air. A lot of those yards came in garbage time, when Texas was up 38-0, however, the fact that the ‘Horns could only muster one sack against a Conference-USA team is troubling.

All-Time Series

The Longhorns and Tigers have met 15 times overall, with Texas leading the series 8-6-1. The two schools have not played each other since the 2003 Cotton Bowl, where Mack Brown’s Longhorns emerged victorious 35-20 over an LSU team that was coached by Nick Saban.

It should come as no surprise that there were several future NFL stars in that game, given each program’s reputations as pro talent factories. Texas was led at quarterback by Chris Simms along with the late Cedric Benson at running back. The Longhorns also featured a four time Pro Bowler in linebacker Derrick Johnson, as well as stud kick returner in Nathan Vasher.

Some notable names from LSU’s side include running backs Joseph Addai and Domanick Davis (now Williams), as well as defensive end Marcus Spears.

LSU Roster Notes

Freshman offensive lineman Kardell Thomas is out for the season with an ankle injury suffered in preseason camp.

Sophomore guard Ed Ingram is suspended indefinitely due to legal issues.

Senior wide receiver Dee Anderson is suspended indefinitely due to conditioning.

Texas Roster Notes

Freshman running back Jordan Whittington is out 4-6 weeks with a torn abductor.

Senior defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon is questionable for the LSU game with a knee injury suffered in practice.

Redshirt senior running back Kirk Johnson is out indefinitely with a sternoclavicular joint sprain suffered in summer practice.

Junior running back Daniel Young is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain suffered in preseason camp.

Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Moore is serving an indefinite suspension stemming from a legal issue.

Head-to-Head: Kristian Fulton (LSU) vs Collin Johnson (TEX)

As mentioned earlier before, both of these programs excel at developing NFL talent, as LSU currently has 46 active NFL players, while Texas has 26 of their own. As a result, this game will feature several matchups between future pros at various positions. One matchup to keep an eye on, however, will be in the passing game between LSU’s top corner, Kristian Fulton, and Texas’ top receiver in Collin Johnson.

Kristian Fulton

Cornerback | 6-0, 200lb | Archbishop Rummel HS | New Orleans, LA | Senior

2019 Stats: 1 Total Tackle | 1 Pass Def | 0 INT

After playing in the shadow of Greedy Williams in 2018, Fulton headlines the secondary for a program that annually contends for the title of “DB U.” Playing in the SEC has given Fulton the opportunity to line up against top receivers like Jerry Jeudy, A.J. Brown, and D.K. Metcalf, among others. His aggressive play in coverage, which can be dangerously close to pass interference at times, makes him a thorn in the side for opposing receivers.

Collin Johnson

Wide Receiver | 6-6, 220lb | Valley Christian HS | San Jose, CA | Senior

2019 Stats: 4 Receptions | 59 Rec Yards | 1 Rec TD

A big receiver in the mold of Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans, Collin Johnson is the type of target quarterbacks love to have, especially in the red zone. Thanks to his strength, Johnson does not buckle when facing jams from opposing corners and is able to fully extend for jump balls and secure them with his reliable hands. Although he may not possess elite speed or route running abilities, his immense catch radius more than makes up for it.

LSU at Texas Predictions and Odds

If you are in New Jersey you can bet on the LSU Tigers vs Texas Longhorns odds with 888Sport.

Find the latest odds below. Good luck!

Point Spread

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888Sport NJ -6.5   -114 +6.5   -114 Bet Now

Total Points

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888Sport NJ 57.5     -114 57.5    -114 Bet Now

Money Line

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888Sport NJ -235 +175 Bet Now

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