Due to a 10-win season in 2018 are expectations raised for the Texas Longhorns. Although Texas lost the Big 12 championship game to Oklahoma, they beat OU earlier that season. Tom Herman enters his third season as head coach and now has a roster that believes in his culture. Furthermore, quarterback Sam Ehlinger is touted as a bona fide NCAA football Betting asset. But past the preseason hype are legitimate concerns about 2018’s subpar metrics. Texas was hardly dominant enough to make for a serious playoff run. Yet they are one of the hottest tickets for 2019.
2019 Texas Longhorns 2019 Futures
|Date and Time:||Texas opens season on August 31, 2019|
|NCAA Football Betting Odds at SBG:||Texas +2050 to win the National Championship|
Longhorns Make Strides in 2018
Texas finished 2018 with an NCAA football betting record of 10-4 straight up and 6-7-1 against the spread. Eight of their games went under the total. Of great concern are national metrics of 58th for total offense and 67th for total defense. Losses to mediocrities such as Maryland, West Virginia, and Oklahoma State were eyesores. However, a 28-21 Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Georgia caused euphoria.
Sam I Am?
Above all junior quarterback, Sam Ehlinger is a reason for the season of optimism. Ehlinger was 2019 Sugar Bowl most valuable player in the win over Georgia. Last season he compiled a 146.8 quarterback rating with a 25/5 touchdown to interception ratio. Ehlinger furthered his sports betting reputation with 16 rushing touchdowns. He threw for 3292 yards passing. More emphatically Ehlinger is seen as the best Texas quarterback since Colt McCoy.
Key Offensive Players
Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram returns with big expectations. Consider he ran for 708 yards, 5.0 yards per carry, and three touchdowns as a freshman. Further, Ingram caught 27 passes for two more scores. Senior receiver Colin Johnson tops the receiver corps. To show, Johnson had 68 catches for 985 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. Johnson averaged 14.5 yards per catch. Speedster Devin Duvernay added 41 catches, 546 yards, four TD and 13.3 yards per reception. Senior center Zach Shackelford anchors the offensive line.
On the whole, the elephant in the room is a defense that lost nine starters. Of major concern is that the entire front seven has departed. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s unit could be an NCAA football betting liability. Freshman All-American safety Caden Sterns headlines the defense. Orlando will have to quickly rebuild the unit with program’s highly ranked recruits.
Dicker the Kicker
Namely sophomore kicker Cameron Dicker went down in Texas lore with his game winning 40-yard field goal against Oklahoma. “Dicker the Kicker” is a weapon in and of himself with 18 field goals in 2018. Punter Ryan Bujcevski is among the new breed of Australians. His cousin Michael Dickson is a Pro Bowl punter for Seattle.
2019 Texas Longhorns NCAA Football Betting Outlook
Texas could well be an overlay for 2019. Commencing with the 2018 Sugar Bowl win over Georgia expectations are perhaps too high. Nine new defensive starters, while talented, will have to be quick studies. Cause by a weak Big 12 Conference does Texas remain the top threat to Oklahoma for supremacy.
2019 Texas Longhorns NCAA Football Betting Prediction:
Texas should win 10 games and finish second in the Big 12.
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