Entering 2009, the stadium's capacity has been expanded to 100,113 -- making it one of the biggest in the country.
"It's pretty loud," Texas quarterback Colt McCoy told WarhawkNation.com recently. "We just added a few seats, so it's going to be a good experience. It pumps us up to have a lot of fans and a big crowd. It will be exciting for ULM players, coaches and fans. It will be a cool experience."
Once ULM soaks up the historic location, the Warhawks get first crack at a rare talent who finished as runner-up to Oklahoma's Sam Bradford in the Heisman voting last year. McCoy will likely want to use the opener against ULM as a springboard to a successful Heisman campaign in 2009.
"Every year, our goal as a football team is to win the opener," McCoy said while serving as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. "We take that game very seriously. We're working toward that.
Paul Letlow interviews Texas QB Colt McCoy
"We have a sign in our locker room that counts down the days to our first game. Every year, our goal is to win the opener. This year, it happens to be ULM. We won't take them lightly. We're looking forward to that game."
McCoy will rank as one of the finest opposing quarterbacks the Warhawks have ever faced. As a junior, McCoy completed 332-of-433 attempts (an NCAA record 76.7 percent) for 3,859 yards and 34 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. A dual threat, McCoy also led Texas in Rushing with 561 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Not surprisingly, McCoy has been the focus of attention for ULM defenders as they've toiled through summer workouts.
"Anytime you come out and play a quarterback like McCoy, and a team like Texas, it's real big for the first game," ULM linebacker Cardia Jackson said. "We can catch them when they're at their weakest point. It's the first game and they'll have to clean up everything that they mess up. We can catch them off guard. We're coming. We're coming."
ULM, finished 4-8 in 2008 but won at Alabama in 2007 while going 6-6. "They're good team," McCoy said. "I've watched a little bit on them. We've definitely got to be prepared. For us as a team, we've got to take it one game at a time. They're the first one in line."
The fifth-year quarterback is 32-7 in 39 career starts with the most wins in UT history. A two-time All-Big 12 quarterback, McCoy has three bowl wins in his career.
McCoy's numbers entering his final season are staggering. The 6-2, 209-pounder has completed 825-of-1,175 attempts (70.2 percent) for 9,732 yards and 85 touchdowns - both program records at Texas. In all, McCoy holds 42 school records for the tradition-rich Longhorns.
McCoy is just one of the shining quarterback stars in the Big 12, and fireworks are part of the storyline when the big dogs go head to head. Every game on the schedule is another opportunity to fine-tune explosive offenses.
"Obviously, it's a fun league to play in because you know that every Saturday you've got to score points if you want to win," Oklahoma's Bradford said. "You know it's not going to be a possession game at 14-7. It's cool, especially when you play offense."