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Everyone knows that La Tech is basically a tune-up for the other Louisiana team that visits Austin the following week. Texas is fortunate that La Tech is well practiced at executing a spread passing offense since that’s what the Longhorns will be expecting from LSU and then most every Big 12 team. It’s never fun when your week one opponent runs the triple option, as LSU’s foe (Georgia Southern) will do, as that requires some extra concentration to stop and can be taxing on a defense.
But in La Tech, Texas will be facing a team with an experienced QB that has a big arm in J’Mar Smith throwing to a pair of Big 12 caliber WRs in Adrian Hardy and TCU transfer Isaiah Graham. That should offer Todd Orlando’s young defense some excellent practice. As a tune-up game with a degree of danger, there will be a little more to glean from this game than your typical “week one, G5 red meat” draw. The Rice game that takes place after LSU for instance, that contest probably won’t have much to say about Texas’ 2019 season. Here are five things to look for as you watch the Longhorns’ season opener.
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