College Football Pick’em
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Texas entered its showdown with No. 1 Alabama on Saturday looking to make a statement about its intention of bursting back onto the national scene, and as we enter the final quarter in Austin, Texas, the Longhorns are accomplishing that mission. In a stunning turn of events, Texas leads Alabama 13-10 after three quarters of play.
Texas star quarterback Quinn Ewers was knocked out of the game in the first quarter, but backup Hudson Card — dealing with nagging injuries himself — has done just enough to keep his team in this one and in line for the upset. If the Longhorns can hold on, we’ll be seeing one of the most stunning results of the young season thus far.
CBS Sports will be with you throughout the afternoon with live updates from Alabama vs. Texas. Follow along for the live score, highlights and analysis as the Crimson Tide clash with the Longhorns.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 10 | Time: Noon ET
Location: DKR Texas Memorial Stadium — Austin, Texas
TV: Fox | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
How will Ewers handle the pressure?: This is just the second meaningful game of Ewers’ career, and they don’t get much bigger than this. A big question heading into the matchup is how Ewers will handle relentless pressure from a Crimson Tide defense that had five tackles for loss last week vs. the Aggies. He had 225 yards, two touchdowns and one interception last week vs. the Warhawks and completed 66.7% of his passes. How will he handle a face full of superstar EDGE threat Will Anderson Jr.? He’s got the weapons outside to get the job done, but his offensive line gave up five tackles for loss last game — tied for sixth in the Big 12 after Week 1.
Bryce Young’s Heisman sequel: The star Crimson Tide quarterback got off to a great start against Utah State when he threw for 195 yards, tossed five touchdowns, rushed for 100 yards and punched in one score on the ground. It was a stellar opener for Young, but it wasn’t like it was a big stage. This game will be different. The entire college football world will be tuning into this one, and it’s a perfect place for Young to make another statement considering the struggles the Longhorns have had on the defensive side of the ball during the first year-plus of the Sarkisian era.
A program-defining game? Sarkisian downplayed the importance of this game in regard to his 2022 goal of making the Big 12 Championship Game since it won’t count toward his conference record. He did, however, leave the door open that this could be a program-defining game. What does that mean, though? It’s simple. “Texas is back” has become a sarcastic joke since it had been “down” essentially since it lost to the Tide in the title game more than a decade ago. However, a win over the defending SEC champs and the top-ranked team in the country — especially considering the two will be conference foes in the near future — will make a massive statement to the rest of the college football world.
This one comes down to one simple question: Can Texas’ defense rattle Young? The Alabama offensive line has been a consistent problem, and it’s hard to tell if it’s been fixed after one game vs. Utah State. With that said, the Longhorns defense has been brutal for quite some time but only gave up 4.05 yards per play and had eight tackles for loss last week. I have more faith in Young than I do Texas’ defense, and the reigning Heisman Trophy winner should lead the Crimson Tide to a cover … even if it’s in garbage time late in the fourth quarter. Prediction: Alabama -20
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