With all five starters returning, Texas' offensive line is one of the most experienced in the country and could get even better with the arrival of Desmond Harrison. It's spent much of this offseason adjusting to the new up-tempo approach on offense.
Andrew McDonald starts at quarterback for New Mexico State this weekend while freshman King Davis III waits in the wings. Linebacker Andrew Barnard, a walk-on whose high school wasn't big enough for 11-on-11 football, makes his first career start at linebacker.
Longhorns should easily beat New Mexico State but covering a 42-point spread is a tall order. But you can expect Alabama to beat Virginia Tech by more than 20 points while Syracuse is primed to pull an upset in their season opener against Syracuse.
Texas is a six-touchdown favorite against New Mexico State and for good reason. The Aggies did not improve much since going 1-11 last year while the Longhorns return more starters (19) than any team in the nation.
Coming off a grueling double-overtime tie against South Florida, Texas soccer heads on its first road trip of the season to Oregon this weekend. There, the Longhorns will face Oregon State on Friday and Oregon on Sunday.