Alabama Football: Key matchups for Crimson Tide vs. Longhorns

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Texas Offensive Line vs. Tide Defensive Front

Every O-Line starter is back for Texas. The Longhorns are strong at tackle with sophomore Kelvin Banks and senior Christian Jones. As good as they are, the Tide’s edge rushers are better and Alabama has the depth to keep them fresh throughout the game.

More challenging for Texas is the interior of the offensive line. Rice gave the Horns problems on the interior. And Rice does not have a Jaheim Oatis, Tim Keenan, or Justin Eboigbe.

Because Alabama has so many defensive options, the Texas O-Line may struggle to find a rhythm. I expect the Tide will be switching between Nickel Heavy to Nickel Rabbits to Dime Rabbits. The Cheetah package can be an offense disruptor with Dallas Turner, Chris Braswell, and Quindarrius Robinson in the game at the same time.

If Texas running back CJ Baxter plays he is not expected to be 100%. Without him being effective, a heavier burden will fall on Quinn Ewers and the Texas offensive line.