Charlie Strong's first season at Texas will not be without its rigors. His new rival, the Oklahoma Sooners, will make sure of that.
The Longhorns open their schedule with North Texas, which serves as a tuneup for their attempt at revenge against BYU. Even though he wasn't there, you better believe a guy like Strong wants to bury the Cougars' 550-yard rushing performance six feet under ground.
Then Texas hits its toughest stretch of the season, getting UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma in three of its next four. Sandwiching that stretch and a home game against Iowa State, the 'Horns then have Kansas State and Texas Tech in back-to-back road games.
If Texas can get through that stretch of its five toughest games with a winning record, Strong's debut campaign will be considered a success.