Texas staged a midseason stunner by upsetting eventual Playoff participant Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry, but still finished a disappointing 5-7 on the season, posting a losing record for the second consecutive year. Jerrod Heard returns, but he's moved out to wide receiver now. It would not be a surprise, though, if No. 15 Houston would leapfrog the Irish after its impressive victory versus the Sooners.
The Longhorns are going to make sure that history doesn't repeat again, thanks to their own 1-2 punch of running backs D'Onta Foreman and Chris Warren III. Derrick Busch caught three balls for 75 yards and two TDs. The remainder of the season their 159 carries between them averaged 7.1 yards. According to two different Austin radio stations, 104.9 FM The Horn and AM 1300 The Zone (via 247Sports), Buechele will get the start Sunday, so it will be his job to keep what should be a raucous crowd in the game. No desire or want is ever worth possibly sacrificing the incredible opportunities at Notre Dame on and off the field, in and outside the classroom. At Texas this weekend, one of the backups - and the starting holder on placekicks - is Trey Holtz, son of Skip and grandson of Lou. Do you think Notre Dame will dance all over the Texans, or will the Longhorns stampede over the Fighting Irish?
"I've been rooting for Notre Dame since I was seven or eight years old". Brian Kelly is 19-0 at Notre Dame in contests where the Irish had no turnovers. Texas quarterbacks completed only 55% of their passes last season and there were 6 games in which the Longhorns averaged 3.2 yards per pass play or less. Buechele is a true freshman, but he was an early entrant who at least was able to practice last spring.
One of the biggest clashes that will help start the new college football season will see the Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel down to the home turf of the University of Texas Longhorns.
While Notre Dame's offense will still be strong the defense is likely to be worse than last year's pretty mediocre unit.