The Longhorns are off to a winning start in 2011 by registering a resounding 34-9 win over Rice. Then again, the last time Texas lost the season opener under Mack Brown was way back in 1999 when they were stunned by NC State in Austin. Since then, the 'Horns have never made the mistake of underestimating their first opponents, no matter how weak they are—which they usually are!
But it's the second game of the season that can be a tricky one. Despite the confidence boost after the first gimme, it's the next, slightly better opponent that tends to be a spoke in Texas' wheel. So far, Brown-led Texas teams have lost the second game four times after starting on a winning note. While two of these games were against top 10 teams, the other two losses came against unpredictable mid-level teams: Stanford (circa 2000) and Arkansas (circa 2003).
BYU, Texas' next opponent, also falls in this unpredictable mid-level bracket. Therefore, the Longhorns need to watch out for the Cougars, who are coming off a come-from-behind away win against Ole Miss. The newly-ranked 'Horns will face a stern test at Darrel K. Royal Stadium this Saturday.
Here's how they match up against the Cougars.