IT's New Mexico State game picks

IT's Michael Pearle and Clendon Ross give you their picks, and the reasoning behind those picks, in this week's season opener between Texas and New Mexico State.

IT's Picks:

Pearle -- NMSU is a team that knows how to rack up yardage, and they have the type of attack that could make things dicey for the Horns. If they are able to move the chains like they did against Louisville, the game could resemble the Rice game in Austin in ‘99 when the Owls controlled the ball and the clock and forced Texas to eke out an 18-13 nailbiter. But the Texas offense should score plenty when it gets the ball, giving the Horns a comfortable victory margin. Still, this one might not be the scoring explosion that we should see a lot of from Texas this season. Make it Texas 42, NMSU 10.

Ross -- New Mexico State will move the ball on the ground against the Longhorn defense. The Aggies' offense is just the type of attack to take advantage of the UT D's potential soft spot in the middle and its linebackers still-evident propensity to overpursue and get burned on misdirection or, as the Texas coaches call them, "off-schedule" plays. NMSU also has the huge advantage of already playing a game, albeit a loss to Louisville. Louisville is a good offensive football team, and the Cardinals didn't pass the Aggies on the scoreboard for good until the third quarter. Having said that, I think the Texas defense, despite giving up yards between the 20s, will not let the Cardinals in the end zone more than once (until late in the game and the UT coaches have cleared the bench). And as good as Louisville's offense is, it is not as explosive and multi-threat (what offense in college football is?) as the Longhorn O, so NMSU ain't seen nothin' yet. Texas scores early and often with its first offense on the field. And if two-a-days is any indication, when the second-team O enters the game for the Horns, the scoring will stop. Texas 52, NMSU 20.

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