Key Question No. 5 - Will Texas Be A Player?
Posted Aug 24, 2013

Key Question No. 5 - Is this the year Mack Brown finally returns Texas to prominence?

5. Is this the year Mack Brown finally returns Texas to prominence?

Richard Cirminiello: He'd better, or else the pressure might become too much to bear. Yeah, AD DeLoss Dodds has Brown's back, but how much longer will the sport's best-heeled program accept mediocrity? The Longhorns have gone three straight years without a title or a 10-win season, which feels like an eternity in Austin. The Big 12 is up for grabs, and Texas needs to go up high and get it. With 19 starters returning from a 9-4 team, including the entire O-line, it's time for Brown to get back over the hump by winning a conference championship.

FOLLOW! @PeteFiutak: Here's the crazy part about the 2012 Texas season – it wasn't really that bad. The defense couldn't stop anyone's running game and the offense was way, way, way too inconsistent, but the Longhorns won nine games and almost beat West Virginia and only lost by seven to TCU. Granted, they should've come out of Lawrence, Kansas with an embarrassing L, and it was a fight to get by Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech and Oregon State, but there was enough upside to suggest that a corner might be turned now that everything is in place. So yes, expect a Big 12 title, demand a spot in the BCS, and think about flirting with a spot in the BCS championship. Few programs, if any, have more talent, and now it's up to Mack Brown to do something with it.

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