The Lone Star State is arguably the best state in America for college football, but at the moment they are lacking some of that star power we saw Vince Young and Colt McCoy show off.
Those Longhorns own the state, but they have gone just 13-12 in the last two seasons. This a monster of a season for Mack Brown and his crew since they have so much talent returning (17).
Texas is still a prestigious program and a return to the BCS and or upper-tier bowl will help them out a whole lot.
Robert Griffin III and Baylor stole the show last season as they nearly snuck into the BCS, but TCU is arguably the king of the state for the moment.
Coming off a Rose Bowl victory two seasons ago, TCU has ponied up and come over to the Big 12 to compete with big boys. Gary Patterson has been labeled as the best coach in America, but the guy really can do it all.
The defensive speed he brings in to go along with his offensive speedsters makes the Horned Frogs a serious threat in the Big 12 for the immediate and distant future.
The Houston Cougars nearly ran the table and appeared in a BCS bowl last season. Now with Kevin Sumlin and record-setting quarterback Case Keenum both gone, it may be tough to compete with the likes of Texas and TCU.
Texas Tech is due to return to the postseason whereas the likes of North Texas, Rice and UTEP are just trying to avoid the basement of C-USA.
Texas A&M might just be the most intriguing storyline of any team in this state with its move to the SEC. To makes matters worse they are headed to the SEC West, which in iitelf is arguably the best conference in college football.
Texas State and UTSA are the new kids on the block for FBS teams, but the expectations should not be too drastic early on.
Last but certainly not least would be the SMU Mustangs, who are legit to contend for a BCS dark horse spot under June Jones. They have the BCS opponents (Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU) to see their names ranked in the top 25 at some point during the season.
Even if they were to lose two of those three, they have an excellent chance to run the table and win the C-USA this season.
Overall, Texas ranks as high as it gets among any state in America, and if a team can step up and become a national contender then we may just see the Longhorn State atop this list at some point during next offseason.