Time for the real fun to begin at Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads rudely delayed my arrival, but I've made it inside a scorching hot Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for Texas' matchup with BYU.

The Longhorns looked good in their opener, but Rice is Rice: Better known as a bed for various meats than a team that can beat Texas.

This week? It's going to be a lot different.

Texas is favored, but BYU is a quality team very capable of beating the Longhorns. I picked the Cougars to do it.

Jake Heaps looked rough in the opener last week at Ole Miss, but he's better than that.

So, too, Garrett Gilbert will have to be after last week's solid performance against the Owls. He looked like a more confident player while meeting with the media on Monday, but that doesn't mean much if that confidence doesn't carry onto the field on Saturdays.

It's a big early season test for the Longhorns, and we'll get a good idea tonight at how far Texas can climb from last season's 5-7 finish.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.