Texas gave that game to LSU. There's no question that LSU played outstanding football, clearly hiring assistant offensive coach Joe Brady was a great decision and he was able to join forces with Joe Burrow and Steven Ensminger to build a phenomenal spread passing attack. The Tigers came in and won that game with a great effort and a truly potent offensive system.
LSU’s visit to Austin will probably go down as the biggest national game that Texas has played under Tom Herman to date, aside from the 2018 battles with Oklahoma. For better or worse, Texas and Oklahoma will always be the ultimate measure of each other, but this LSU team represents a different sort of challenge. There's no ignoring the “SEC!!!” angle, which adds a few different important dimensions to this game. The first is the impact on Texas' reputation on the recruiting scene. A win in this game is a win on the recruiting trail against the “Texas doesn’t send players to the NFL” club that regional rivals love to throw at the Longhorns as well as the "come to the SEC and play the best" mythos.
The LSU Tigers obliterated Georgia Southern 55-3 while debuting the Purry Up Offense installed by new passing game coordinator Joe Brady (a former Joe Moorhead and Sean Payton acolyte). QB Joe Burrow threw five touchdowns on 23 of 27 passing and LSU scored touchdowns on their first five possessions. 14 different Tigers caught a pass. LSU running a hurry up, RPO, shotgun spread offense is kind of amazing.
The non-conference slate is much easier than previous seasons, at least there isn’t a bizarre game against a unique and talented Maryland squad before injuries sap their roster but instead the LSU home game sandwiched between bouts with Louisiana Tech and “at Rice” in NRG which will likely hold mostly Texas fans. There’s all the potential in the world here for Texas to win the Big 12 championship and make the playoffs under one of the following three scenarios.