The #6 LSU Tigers travel to Austin in Week 2 for a prime-time showdown against the #10 Texas Longhorns. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on Saturday, September 7th at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium and the game will be televised nationally on ABC.
Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Texas opened as a 4.5-point home underdog earlier this week. That line has yet to move after early betting, as the Longhorns are currently listed at +4.5. The total for the game is sitting at 55.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Texas vs LSU
LSU crushed GA Southern in Week 1, scoring 42 points in the first half alone en route to an impressive 55-3 win. The Tigers were clearly the superior team on both sides of the ball, as the game was pretty much out of reach after the first quarter. QB Joe Burrow went 23/27 for 278 yards and five touchdowns before giving way to backup Myles Brennan during garbage time in the 4th quarter. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the way on the ground for LSU, rushing for 45 yards on nine carries while also finding the end zone once. The biggest star on offense just might have been WR Terrace Marshall Jr. who turned 4 catches into 31 yards and three touchdowns. As a whole, the Tigers were incredibly efficient, scoring 50+ points on just over 450 yards of total offense.
Things also looked great on the other side of the ball for LSU, as they held the Eagles to just a field goal. Perhaps even more impressive was their defensive play against the pass, limiting GA Southern to a measly 24 yards passing. They were also outstanding at stopping the run, giving up just 74 rushing yards.
Texas also put on a show in Week 1, dismantling LA Tech 45-14 to move to 1-0 on the year. The Longhorns offense got off to a quick start, scoring 24 unanswered points in the first half to basically clinch the victory by halftime. Star QB Sam Ehlinger was sharp, going 28/38 for 276 yards and four touchdowns while also avoiding any interceptions. RB Keaontay Ingram had a solid game on the ground, averaging 7.1 yards per carry and adding a touchdown. The other big story for Texas in their home opener was the receiving duo of Collin Johnson and Brennan Eagles, as the pair combined for 118 yards and three touchdowns. As a whole, the offense racked up close to 450 total yards in a winning effort.
The Longhorns weren’t quite as sharp on the other side of the ball against the Bulldogs, giving up 340 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air. However, they did manage to limit LA Tech on the ground, holding them to just 73 rushing yards.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Texas +4.5
This is shaping up to be one of the premiere games here in Week 2, and for good reason. Combine two top-ranked teams nationwide that are both coming off dominant performances in Week 1 and you have a recipe for fireworks. It seems like this matchup could go either way, especially with the Longhorns playing at home in front of a raucous crowd. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this ended up being a “last possession wins” type game, which makes it tough to leave 4.5 points on the board. As such, I’m leaning slightly towards Texas against the spread despite a scary LSU opponent.
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The biggest reason why I’m going to roll with the Longhorns on Saturday is Sam Ehlinger. The star junior QB has already shown NFL scouts that he is clearly a top 5 prospect for the upcoming 2020 draft. Ehlinger loves the spotlight and will certainly not shy away from the pressure and expectations that come with a showcase game against the Tigers. While Joe Burrow has also shown he can elevate his play in big games, I feel slightly more confident about siding with Ehlinger as he is clearly on a different level. Even if the Longhorns end up falling just short, they could easily lose by a field goal or less. It is also worth noting that while LSU only gave up a field goal last week, it was against a team that plays in the watered-down Sun Belt conference. Finally, Texas has gone a very impressive 10-2-1 ATS over their last 13 games as an underdog, which makes me feel that the market undervalues their ability to stay in games against high-quality teams. Their 6-1 record straight up in their last seven home games also doesn’t hurt – give me the Longhorns!