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If there is one thing we have learned about Texas football the past two years it’s that Mack Brown needs great quarterback play in order to have a successful team. The competition between David Ash and Case McCoy will extend well into the offseason. And while the team should continue to improve from 8-5, there are simply too many pieces missing to get the Longhorns to the BCS.
Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson will both be gone at linebacker, and they were two of the biggest playmakers on defense and safety Blake Gideon was no slouch either. With TCU joining the conference and West Virginia possibly coming in, the Big 12 figures to be one of the deeper conferences in the country. With Oklahoma looking strong, stealing that second spot from the Horned Frogs, Mountaineers or even Kansas State seems unlikely.