|Jerrod Heard freaks us all out by actually adjusting to the situation on the field|
Look, UT won this game 42-28. But, as much of an academic and scholarly powerhouse as Rice University might be, no one has ever accused Rice of being in contention of a national football title. They're on the schedule out of habit on both sides, because UT needs a team to play to work out some kinks, and because Rice gets some TV dollars out of the deal.
For once, I really do think UT was able to use the Rice game to sort some things out and to get a better feel for where we need to do some work. The Notre Dame game was only a chance to witness the obvious lesson of "you need to work on looking like a Division I team."