After a gritty win against BYU last week, No. 24 Texas is off to the Rose Bowl to face UCLA. The Bruins are all too familiar with the Longhorns, as last year, they handed Texas its first home loss in three years. The 34-12 beating was the start of an unprecedented descent for Mack Brown's program.
Back then, the Longhorns, who were resting on a 3-0 start to the season, were caught off guard by a team that had suffered two big losses by that time. However, this time around, Texas will be more cautious as they head to Pasadena to face a team that initiated their decline at a venue where their last game ended in disappointment.
The Bruins have always proven to be difficult opponents for the 'Horns. Texas has been beaten by an unranked UCLA team two out of three times. On the plus side, the only time Texas has overcome an unranked Bruins squad was when they played them in their own backyard way back in 1971.
While Texas fans will be hoping for history to repeat itself, they'll also be hoping for a team that appears to be on the rise to get past another unpredictable opponent.
Here's a preview of how these two teams match up.