The Texas Longhorns enter the 2013 season with extremely high expectations as one of the favorites to win the unusually-weak Big 12. By Returning 17 starters, the Longhorns are bound to be one of the top teams in the conference and maybe one of the best in the nation. Mack Brown will surely be on the hot-seat if he doesn’t lead them to 10-plus wins.
On the other side of the field, the New Mexico State Aggies were one of the worst teams in college football. They were outscored, on average, 39-18 and owned one of the worst offenses in the nation. Oh, and they had just one win as well.
Texas is losing a top target in the receiving corps, but returning Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis will help David Ash in the passing game. The junior quarterback has the ability to pass for over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns, but losing a main wide out will be tough. Johnathan Gray could end up being one of the best running backs in the nation and he proved it with over 700 yards as a freshman in 2012.
New Mexico State returns seven players on the offensive side of the ball and that included senior running back Germi Morrison. He racked up 767 yards on the ground to go along with two touchdowns last season, but losing their starting quarterback, the Aggies will be very unproven.
Defense will be key in this matchup for the Longhorns. If they can improve on their 67th national rank from a season ago in total defense, they have a great chance taking their blowout win against the Aggies and running with it through the season. Nine returning starters will definitely help. The Aggies gave up 476 yards per game last season. Just terrible.
New Mexico State travels to Texas to take on the Longhorns at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 31. The game will be broadcasted on the Longhorn Network.
PREDICTION: New Mexico State 7, Texas 51
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