The Texas Longhorns have not been in BCS National Championship talks for a couple years now.
In 2010, a year after their BCS National Championship game appearance, the Longhorns finished 5-7. To top that, Texas lost to bitter rival Texas A&M in the final week of the season, which kept it out of bowl season for the first time in over a decade.
After a coaching overhaul, the 2011 season proved to be somewhat of an improvement, finishing 8-5 with a bowl win over California.
While the Longhorns have progressed since the ugly 2010 season, the program is nowhere near where fans are accustomed to. With high expectations heading into 2012, the Longhorns must first improve these five key areas before continuing their climb back to the top.