Opening Day Preview

The Longhorns are set to kick off their 2010 season against Rice on September 4th in Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  This is the 9th time Rice has taken the field against Texas in the Mack Brown era.  The lopsided match up has seen Texas outscore Rice 373-95 in the last 8 contests.  Additionally, Texas hasn’t lost to Rice since 1994.  This year should be no different as Texas reloads its arsenal with a bevy of young talent on both sides of the ball.

The Owls stumbled to a 2-10 finish in 2009.  Their inexperienced offense was coupled with a disastrous defense that gave up an NCAA-worst 43.1 points per game.  Returning for the Owls in 2010 is QB Nick Fanuzzi operating out of the spread offense.  Fanuzzi will be looking for his #1 target, C-USA All Freshman TE Vance McDonald.  Though their offense should improve after a year that saw them post a meager 18.3 points per game, it shouldn’t surprise anyone when Texas inevitably keeps them out of the end zone for most of the day.  On the other side of the ball, look for the Longhorns to exploit Rice’s defensive woes en route to an opening day blowout.

The contest will be the first of two early-season warm up games for Texas before heading to Lubbock for their annual rivalry game against Texas Tech.  Luckily for Texas fans, we get a chance to see what super-soph Garrett Gilbert can do against what essentially amounts to a JV squad.

Author’s prediction: 56-10, Texas


  1. Hookemhess says:

    Anyone else going to Houston? Kalil?

  2. KALIL says:

    tickets already purchased… I think i’ll tow the smoker down there too… wanna carpool?

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