Texas Football: Breaking Down the Matchups vs. Rice

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Texas Football: Breaking Down the Matchups vs. Rice
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The Longhorns start the 2011 season against the Rice Owls

Texas starts its 2011 campaign against the Rice Owls at home. This will be the ideal launchpad for the unranked Longhorns to cope with an otherwise routine schedule, which will seem challenging, seeing as how they're coming off a miserable last season.

After a massive overhaul of the coaching staff, coach Mack Brown will be keen to put the 2010 season behind him. The Longhorns' 12 starting underclassmen coupled with some of their experienced players have the potential to better their 5-7 record of 2010—but then again, no one thought the 2010 bunch was going to fare that badly either!

However, the 'Horns could spring up a few surprises this year, provided they start well against Rice, just like they almost did last year. Last year's Rice game was also a season-starter for Texas, and they did win 34-17. But as is amply clear from the postmortem report of 2010, this win was the start of something completely unexpected and untowardly.

With hope, the Longhorns are a year older and a year wiser, and the same mistakes wont be repeated—at least not repeatedly.

Read on to find out how Texas matches up with Rice.

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