Going into Week 8, Texas looks to avoid the trap game

Prepare for an exciting matchup as No. 8 Texas gears up to face the Houston Cougars on Saturday, following their bye week.

This thrilling encounter marks the first meeting between the two teams since 2002, with Texas holding a commanding 16-7-2 lead in the series.

Currently boasting a 3-3 record, Houston has experienced two losses in conference play. However, their resilience was on full display in their last game, securing a jaw-dropping 41-39 victory against West Virginia with a stunning Hail Mary pass in the final moments.

Despite Texas being heavily favored with a 93.6% chance to win this Saturday, they cannot afford to underestimate their opponent.

Leading the charge for Houston is quarterback Donovan Smith, who has showcased his talent by amassing 1,600 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Smith’s effectiveness significantly increases when he operates from a clean pocket, having recorded 1,309 yards and 10 touchdowns without facing pressure.

To neutralize Smith’s impact, Texas must unleash their formidable pass rush and apply constant pressure. Whenever Smith is under pressure, his completion percentage drops to a mere 44.9%, accompanied by three interceptions. If the Longhorns’ defensive line maintains their dominance, victory will likely be sealed.

As the Longhorns eagerly anticipate their first game since the Red River Rivalry defeat, they remain wary of falling into the trap that has plagued them in past seasons.

Texas will kick off against Houston on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. CT, determined to avoid any potential pitfalls.

This story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire


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