Texas is back! Although the Longhorns would likely say they never left, Texas has started hot at 2-0 and is making heads turn. Athletic director Jooby has seemingly figured out their offensive woes from a season ago as quarterback Vito Pipino made a run at the single game passing yards record, but came up just short with 615 yards. Wide receiver Cash Jackson stole the receiving show with eight receptions and 230 yards. In true Big 12 fashion the Longhorns scored 59 points, but not before they allowed Florida to score 34 with 600 yards of offense. To be successful against Michigan, the Texas defense will need to play more like the second half of their Florida game as they only allowed three points. On a side note, Texas will have the opportunity to play against their former quarterback Clayton Denny, who transferred to the Wolverines after sitting out a year.
Michigan had one of the top transfer portal recruits of Season 10 in quarterback Clayton Denny. In his return, Clayton has only averaged 260 yards per game compared to 424 during his freshman campaign. The Wolverines need to find a way to stretch the field and get their receivers into open space. Big Blue doesn’t have a single receiver over 100 total yards yet (three at 90 yards), which is a good sign of spreading the ball around, but only have two passes completed for greater than 20 yards. The key to this game is going to be taking advantage of space and attacking deep when the opportunity strikes. Defensively, the Wolverines have to find a way to get Texas quarterback Vito Pipino to make mistakes and turn the ball over, because that offense is going to score regardless.
Houston Freeman: Texas 48, Michigan 38
Leej17: Texas 28, Michigan 21
David Ware: Texas 35, Michigan 31