The Texas Longhorns start off their 2013 season with the New Mexico St. Aggies, a team that went 1-11 last year and are in the early stages of rebuilding. Under new Head Coach Doug Martin, the Aggies hope to progress forward and put a solid product on the field. But, it's going to be an uphill climb for the newly appointed coach and his young team.
OFFENSE: The Aggies offense will be led by senior quarterback Andrew McDonald, who is a veteran when it comes to the offensive weapons around him. Expect to see McDonald manage the game for the Aggies, not doing anything to exciting but he will move around in the pocket which will help some of their problem areas along the offensive line and the threat of a mobile QB and spread-option offense could improve the Aggies offense from where it was a year ago. The Aggies will have a two back system, with returning starter Germi Morrison getting most of the touches and Freshmen Brandon Betancourt popping into provide some big play speed. Their wide receivers are down this year after losing their best playmaker Austin Franklin who was ruled academically ineligible earlier this month. Their best threat on the outside is their third string quarterback and overall best athlete Travaughn Colwell, if the Aggies try and make a play down field Colwell will be the target. Coach Martin will have his work cut out for him this year putting points on the board with the young and inexperienced talent he has out there.
DEFENSE: It's a new scheme...Coach Martin has brought in a 3-4 style defense. Their front-seven which will be undersized will try and use their speed and quickness to cause havoc in the back field . They bring back a defensive line with talented players upfront Matt Ramondo and Willie Mobley, two veteran guys in the middle Bryan Bonilla and Trashaun Nixon and a defensive secondary that collectively is probably their best group. The 3-4 that they run will be tested when they face off against the Longhorns who have a bulky and veteran offensive line. In addition to, one of the most touted running back crews in the country. Watch for the Longhorns to implement their new fast paced offense by tiring out the smaller 3-4 defense and attacking them up front with the running game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Aggies should be solid in the field position battle when called upon. They return their punter who was the only position player during the spring who seemingly had his position locked up. Their kicking game on the other hand is questionable, with an inexperienced offense the kicking game has to be able provide points whenever they can.
My Prediction: Take the over, and the Horns by five touchdowns.