5 Must-Watch Texas Football Games In 2014

5 Must-Watch Texas Football Games In 2014

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The Texas Longhorns will open the 2014 season with high expectations under first-year head coach Charlie Strong, who was hired to transform the football program back into a national power. Here are five must-see games for Texas fans this upcoming season.

5. BYU Cougars - Sept. 6

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5. BYU Cougars - Sept. 6

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The 16th-ranked Longhorns arrived in Provo last year as seven-point favorites, but surrendered three touchdown runs of 20 yards or more to the Cougars' Taysom Hill in an embarrassing 40-21 drubbing. Texas gets a chance for payback at home in its first meaningful test of the young season.

4. No. 16 UCLA Bruins - Sept. 13

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4. No. 16 UCLA Bruins - Sept. 13

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Texas will make the short trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington to clash with a solid UCLA Bruins squad that won five of their final six games last year and pounded Virginia Tech, 42-12, in the Sun Bowl. The Longhorns will be the underdogs and will have the chance to make an early statement against one of the Pac-12 top teams.

3. No. 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys - Nov. 15

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3. No. 17 Oklahoma State Cowboys - Nov. 15

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The Cowboys rode into Austin last season ranked No. 12 in the country and blew open a tight contest with a trio of second-quarter scores to knock off the 24th-ranked Longhorns, 38-13. Texas can avenge last year's loss and enhance its chances of a bowl bid with an upset win in Oklahoma State's own backyard.

2. No. 13 Baylor Bears - Oct. 4

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2. No. 13 Baylor Bears - Oct. 4

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The 23rd-ranked Longhorns were still in the hunt for the Big 12 title a year ago before squaring off against the No. 9 Baylor Bears on the road in the regular season finale. However, the Bears outscored Texas 27-7 in the second half to win the conference crown. This year, Baylor travels to Austin in an early-season matchup that will determine who is a legit title contender, and will also have huge ramifications on the recruiting trail.

1. No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners - Oct. 11

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1. No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners - Oct. 11

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The annual marquee showdown with a strong Oklahoma team will be more than a little interesting after an unranked Texas squad -- which lost 63-21 a year earlier -- knocked off the No. 10 Sooners by 16 points last season. Oklahoma will be looking for revenge while the Longhorns will be out to make a statement that its football program is headed back to elite status.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.

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