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Texas-Alabama: Key Questions Ahead of Big Noon Kickoff

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Biggest Questions About Saturday big noon kick off It’s very easy: you can unrank texas Pull off the No. 1 upset Alabama?

It may be unlikely. After all, there’s a reason Texas is his 20.5-point underdog according to FOX Bet, despite playing at home.

However, there are certain questions that the Longhorns must answer if they can give themselves a chance. RJ Young and Jeff Schwartz outline the ‘Number One College Football Show’.

Alabama vs. Texas: Keys to the Game

RJ Young and Jeff Schwartz break down Saturday’s matchup between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns.

Overcoming the superior ratio

A metric introduced in 2013, the Blue Chip Ratio is a way to measure the minimum level of recruitment required to compete in a national championship. Simply put, he needs to sign 4- and 5-star players rather than 2- and 3-star players for teams to compete.

Georgia won the national title last season with an 80% blue-chip ratio, beating Alabama with 84%. This season, Alabama leads the nation again with her 89%, followed by Ohio (80%) and Georgia (77%). Texas is 68% of her.

“We know the blue chip ratio is a problem,” Schwartz said. “They’re just good footballers. … Yes, Sark recruited well. I believe they’re building something in Texas. But they’re competing with Alabama for four quarters. It’s not enough for you, maybe for a little while… but we’re talking more than 60 minutes [against] Nick Saban’s team has been preparing for this game all offseason.”

Young elaborated on the ratio of good players and how talent overwhelms coaching and planning. He said. “It doesn’t matter what we do or how good a coach you are if my Jimmy is better than your Joe because I have better players than you.” , we’ll win. In fact, when I looked at FOX Bet this morning, they were the three-touchdown favorites.”

Control Will Anderson Jr.

Speaking of talent gaps, the Longhorns face a big problem — Alabama linebacker Anderson. Defensive prominence is a problem, and Texas primarily uses freshman tackle Kelvin Banks to try and keep him out of the backfield.

The advantage that Sarkisian gains from knowing the Tide’s defensive plans could be blown away in this matchup alone, Schwartz said.

“On Will Anderson, Kelvin Banks has a real freshman left tackle playing an important rep for Texas,” he said. As much as you may know, sometimes your man needs to win a one-on-one matchup, and I think Banks has his hands full.

“I think Texas is holding this game back early on, but eventually they have to get out of the first 15 plays and they start to get into a situation after the third… Over the course of the game, they start to get stuck. will be.”

take advantage of

On paper, Texas has no advantage over Alabama in many head-to-head matches. But the Longhorns have a lot of power in running Bijan Robinson back.

A top 10 Heisman Trophy contender, Robinson averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore last season, according to FOX Bet.

But it means nothing if the Texas defense can’t slow Bama’s powerful offense. And that’s the big problem for Young.

“I sincerely believe that Quinn Ewers is equivalent to Bryce Young As for his ability to play,” Young said. This is a defense he struggled to keep under wraps last year, giving up over 450 yards of offense. …if the offense can be kept in the game, the offense will find its rhythm and against a pretty good Alabama defense he will take some shots. “

“Is the Texas defense going to stop Alabama?” Schwartz said. “If Bama scored 35, do you think Texas would score 30 against Alabama to keep the game close? I probably wouldn’t think so.”

In addition to Alabama and Texas, Young and Schwartz also analyzed No. 20 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Florida, No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 21 BYU, and Iowa on Iowa.

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