It appears that Southern Methodist University is battling Rice University and the season hasn't even started yet.
SMU will travel to Houston for the first game of the season against Rice on a nationally televised game on Friday August 29, but for now the battle seems to be for a highly touted offensive lineman.
Houston's Ben Hughes admitted Monday that it's between those two schools for his services.
Hughes got a chance to camp at SMU on Saturday and came away very impressed with what the Mustangs have to offer.
"It was incredible," Hughes told PonyStampede.com Monday. "I went down a day early and got a chance to spend some time with the coaching staff. They are great people; I really like them a lot."
Hughes, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound athlete, may be making his decision public in the near future.
"It's getting pretty close," Hughes said. "It's definitely between SMU and Rice right now. It might happen this week."
According to Hughes he wants to pick the school that fits him the best both academically and athletically.
"I'm going to pick the school that best suits me," Hughes said. "We are called student-athletes for a reason. Academics must come first and they are very important to me."
Hughes got a chance to work first hand with offensive line coach Dennis McKnight during the one day junior camp.
"It was great," Hughes said. "I learned a lot. He is a great coach, very easy to talk to and you can tell he is a great coach."
Does one school currently have an edge for Hughes services?
"I really like SMU a lot right now," Hughes said. "We will have to wait and see."
Hughes, the state's top rated center and a three star prospect by Scout.com, currently has six offers. Those offers include SMU, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Central Florida, Syracuse and Houston.
Hughes has already scored a 1460 on the SAT but is set to take it again to improve his score.