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The opportunity is there for Texas to avenge last season's disappointing loss to the Bears.
Even taking a casual look at Texas' schedule, it's impossible to miss the four-game, early-season stretch that includes UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma. How the Horns play during that stretch will define their season, so it'll go a long way when they upset one of these potential top-10 programs.
That upset will be at home against the Bears.
Not to say that Texas is better than Baylor, or really any of these teams, but Strong is going to pull this off. He was hired in large part because both the administration and the fans were sick of watching Texas lose big against good teams, punctuated by last year's 21.6-point average margin of defeat.
One of those floggings came at the hands of Art Briles and Co. in the de facto Big 12 title game, a 30-10 defeat that never even seemed that close. This go-round in Austin, the Horns will get their revenge.
Aside from the spark provided by Strong, Texas has several factors working in its advantage. The team gets two weeks between UCLA and Kansas, the last game before Baylor comes to town, meaning the staff will have a some extra time to scheme for Briles' offense.
Then there's the Baylor D, which was vastly underrated in 2013. This unit finished fourth in the Big 12 in both scoring and total defense, allowing just 4.8 yards per play to tie for the conference lead.
According to Phil Steele, the Bears return only four starters from that side of the ball, losing four guys from the front seven alone. That will allow the 'Horns to play keep-away with Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray throughout the game, while the defense gets enough pressure to keep Bryce Petty somewhat in check.
This win, along with competitive losses to the Bruins and Sooners, will show enough progress to provide Strong with some much-needed equity with both the fanbase and recruits.