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 Texas coaches had an interesting pregame problem to solve. How do you throw the ball enough to protect the MASH unit RB room (every RB that isn't injured is hurt) while still protecting Ehlinger and not allowing La Tech's relative team strength of their DBs to spoil the game plan as the Bulldogs catch on to our passing game bias? The answer was to throw it early it and often, attacking the flats and perimeter at tempo, hit the running backs in space in the passing game, stake a lead, then let the play clock run in the 2nd half and go home. That's what Texas executed against an inferior opponent that's clearly several steps down from the defensive front it had last year.