Sporting one of the best running back groups in the country and with as complete a defense as Texas has ever had, there is no question that this is the best Longhorns team since 2009's national championship squad.
But will they be good enough to win the Big 12?
Once thought to have a foot in the grave, the Big 12 has re-established itself as a top-three conference after adding TCU and West Virginia to its already-talented pool of teams. And now with a brand new playoff system in place, the conference champion is all but guaranteed a chance to play for a national championship, so the stakes could not be higher.
The Longhorns may be much improved in 2012, but this will not be their year with so much proven talent in their path to the conference title. Here's why.