Texas Longhorns open 2023 football season vs. Rice Owls at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium

AUSTIN (KXAN) — College football is finally here in Austin.

The No. 11 Texas Longhorns host the Rice Owls at 2:30 p.m. with triple-digit temperatures set to roast the turf at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. The game will air on FOX.

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As head coach Steve Sarkisian said in the spring, Quinn Ewers is the starting quarterback, but all eyes are on the Longhorns backfield after the departures of Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson. On the Longhorns Week 1 depth chart, freshman CJ Baxter and sophomore Jonathan Brooks are listed as potential starters but both should see plenty of carries.

Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whittington and Adonai Mitchell are listed as starting wideouts with JT Sanders at tight end. Along the offensive line are Kelvin Banks Jr. at left tackle, Hayden Conner at left guard, Jake Majors at center, DJ Campbell at right guard and Christian Jones at right tackle.

On the defensive side of the ball, Sarkisian said linebacker Mo Blackwell won’t be available due to injury. Jaylan Ford, the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year, will start at middle linebacker with Jett Bush and David Gbenda along side. Barryn Sorrell, Alfred Collins, Byron Murphy and former Westlake star Ethan Burke are along the defensive line and Jalon Catalon, Jerrin Thompson. Ryan Watts and Jahdae Barron make up the defensive backfield.

Bert Auburn will handle the field goals with Will Stone doing the kickoffs and Keilan Robinson will return kicks while Worthy handles will return punts.

Follow along with live updates below once the game gets going.

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