Texas Football: 4 Trap Games for the Longhorns in 2013

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Texas Football: 4 Trap Games for the Longhorns in 2013
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Texas was eventually able to run away from New Mexico State. It cannot afford such slow starts in this season's trap games.

The Texas Longhorns are favored in all but one game this season as they go for a Big 12 title. For that goal to be realized, taking every opponent seriously is a must.

Looking at the Longhorns' schedule, there are obvious must-haves for a conference title to happen. The Oklahoma matchup is a given, vengeance must be had over TCU and closing out the final four matchups is necessary to stay in the BCS discussion.

But that does not mean the other six regular season games take on any less importance.

Hidden in every schedule are the trap games, each with the potential to derail a once-promising season if not taken seriously.

Just one game in, the Longhorns have already provided a disturbing narrative for such games. They started the game woefully slow on offense before reeling off eight unanswered touchdowns to beat New Mexico State 56-7.

With two more easily ignored opponents just around the corner, will Texas' slow start prove to be the result of simply shaking off the rust? Or will these trap games, rather the big ones, be the object of remorse come December? 

Regardless of the outcome, these are the hidden land mines in Texas' schedule.

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