Greg Abbott surprised guests at a business meeting this week as he offered commentary on the Alabama-Texas football matchup from this past season. The Texas governor also offered a prediction of the winner of this season’s matchup, stating that the Longhorns will take down the Crimson Tide 27-21.

Abbott cited the departure of Alabama QB Bryce Young as one of the reasons he chose the Longhorns to capture the win. Abbott also pointed to the return of more veteran players at Texas than Alabama, as well as returning QB Quinn Ewers with backup phenom Arch Manning as reasons for a Longhorn win.

The politician had plenty to say about the Longhorn loss last season, noting that the tide may have shifted for Texas.

“Texas was ahead until like the last 15 seconds of the game and Texas would have won had it not been for what was then the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young being able to evade a tackle that would have led to a sack that would have prevented Alabama from getting within field goal range to win the game,” Abbott said at a business luncheon, via Ryan Autullo of the Austin American-Statesman. “That’s how close the game was. Now some more analysis. Texas has more returning starters than Alabama does. The quarterback that was literally running all over Alabama, Quinn Ewers, was injured early in the game. And he’ll be starting again, doing a great job. If he gets hurt he’s got a pretty good backup in (Arch) Manning. I have seen what appears to be Alabama’s starting quarterback, and he’s no Bryce Young. So I’m gonna say it’s gonna be 27-21 Texas Longhorns.”

Fans will be able to find out early in the season if Abbott’s prediction will come to fruition. Texas and Alabama will face off on Sept. 9th.