Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns are never far from the spotlight, but 2022 turns the brightness up just a notch. They landed a haul of top-ranked transfers and recruits, eliminating any excuse for underperforming this year. On odds boards, Texas lands favorably and appears to be a contender, but is that a product of annual expectations? Every move the Longhorns make is high-profile and they made a bunch of them this offseason.
This page will serve as a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the Texas Longhorns for the 2022 season. Can they live up to expectations set by college football odds?
Week 1 Odds: Texas Vs. ULM
For the past several seasons, ULM has competed for the bottom of FPI and power rankings. Going to Austin to open against Texas is a nice payday for the athletic department and likely nothing more than that. Expect Texas to roll as massive favorites.
Texas odds, 2022 team preview
On paper, Texas looks primed to be a contender. They added weapons through the transfer portal– namely former No. 1 recruit Quinn Ewers and Alabama tight end Jahleel Billingsly– and they might have the most talented group of skill players in the Big 12. The offensive line was a sore spot for the Longhorns in 2021, but they went out and signed the top OL class according to 247Sports. Ewers was named QB1 at the end of camp.
UT also landed a few interesting position coaches: Georgia Tech’s Tashard Choice to coach RBs (where he coached All-American Jahmyr Gibbs) and Pittsburgh’s Brennan Marion to coach WRs (where he coached Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison).
That’s about where the good news ends.
Unfortunately for the OL, senior and returning starter Junior Angilau suffered a season-ending knee injury in camp. Star transfer Isaiah Neyor also suffered a knee injury and will be out for the season.
Defensively, UT was atrocious, visibly giving up at the end of the season (namely in a 57-point outing and loss to Kansas). While they signed a strong DL class and bring back some good players, DC Pete Kwiatkowski is back for Year 2 and there’s not a ton of inspiring changes on that side of the football. Will Texas simply outscore each opponent?
Throwing in true freshman– no matter how highly ranked in the recruiting cycle– to an already-struggling OL is a tough sell.
With a Week 2 matchup against Alabama, that doesn’t sound like a recipe for sustained success. They handle the Tide in Austin, as well as Baylor, but hit the road for Oklahoma State.
On paper, wins are easy to find. But as last year’s Texas team proved (and many before it), what you find on paper and on the field are not the same product.
Players to watch
- RB Bijan Robinson: The secret was out last season with Robinson, who was among the leading non-QBs on Heisman odds boards most of the season. As a sophomore, he rushed for much more modest 5.8 yards per carry (against his 8.2 as a freshman) and scored 11 touchdowns. What makes him such a dangerous weapon is his pass-catching ability, which will make him a valuable prospect in the next NFL Draft.
- WR Xavier Worthy: As a true freshman, Worthy led the Big 12 with 12 receiving touchdowns and nearly breached 1,000 yards. He’s a popular All-American pick and was named first-team All-Big 12 for this coming season. With another deep threat on the roster and multiple pass catchers out of the backfield and at TE, Worthy will continue to get plenty of looks and one-on-one coverages.
- LB DeMarvion Overshown: Overshown was one of the most active Longhorns on defense, acting as the field general. He led the team with 74 tackles and was an overall disruptor last season. He’s hard to miss on the field with a distinct 20-plus armband look on gameday.
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Texas schedule and betting odds
|9/3/22||vs. ULM||8:00 p.m.||-39|
|9/10/22||vs. Alabama||12:00 p.m.||+15|
|9/17/22||vs. UTSA||8:00 p.m.||OTB|
|9/24/22||at Texas Tech||TBA||OTB|
|10/1/22||vs. West Virginia||TBA||OTB|
|10/15/22||vs. Iowa State||TBA||OTB|
|10/22/22||at Oklahoma State||TBA||+1.5|
|11/5/22||at Kansas State||TBA||OTB|
|12/3/22||Big 12 Championship||TBA|
Texas Longhorns futures odds
College football futures odds will continue to shift as the season progresses. Because of the length of college football schedules, futures odds may shift dramatically week-to-week.
Texas win total
Roster talent and some form of coaching prowess will always lead to a lofty win total. This year, Texas is lined for over wins.
Odds to win 2023 National Championship
Some books are much more bearish on Texas’ National Championship odds than others. Their best current price is – much longer than in some other spots.
Odds to win Big 12 Championship
Almost every year, Texas is near the top of Big 12 odds boards and 2022 is no different. The Longhorns are to win the Big 12, neck-and-neck with arch-rival Oklahoma.
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