With the countdown to kickoff for Texas football now down to a matter of hours, there's not much to be said about the start of the season that hasn't already been pointed out by dozens of pundits over the last nine months.
Luckily for Longhorn fans, the longest offseason in major sports finally comes to a merciful end tomorrow and all talk will be quickly replaced by action. So here are a few more words to help get you primed up for the start of the season.
A fast start will be crucial
The Longhorns would love nothing more than to spend much of the second half plugging in younger guys and working on building depth ahead of a big showdown with LSU the next week. To do that, they will have to jump all over the Bulldogs from the opening kickoff and keep the pressure on.
The Longhorns have looked confused on defense the previous two seasons through most of the first half, something they will try hard not to let happen Saturday.
Texas needs to be great in the special teams
Devin Duvernay and Jake Smith returning kicks should be a scary proposition for any Texas opponent, much less the Bulldogs who ranked 110th in special teams a year ago.
Whether Texas can pick up a return touchdown or just consistently help out the offense with great starting field position, the Longhorns really need to press their advantage in the third phase of the game.
Sam Ehlinger is going to run the ball quite a bit
Texas came into this season thinking it would change up the offense a bit and take some carries away from Sam Ehlinger. The thought was three to four less hits on the quarterback might help his overall health and longevity.
That plan doesn't seem nearly as plausable now that Texas is dealing with dings on every scholarship running back. Keoantay Ingram and Jordan Wittington are both talented backs who are going to get carries, but don't be surprised to see a few of those Sam Ehlinger quarterback powers to give the Longhorns big, strong offensive line even more chances to lean on the smaller Bulldog front.