Texas Longhorns football is so close you can taste it now that USA Today has released its preseason rankings for the 2012 season with the 'Horns entering the season ranked No. 15. How will that affect their march toward a BCS bowl?
The Big 12 has six teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, which is second only to the seven boasted by the SEC. That says it all for the stiffness of the competition for this conference, and the door is wide open, as no team is complete enough to run the table.
That's good news for the Longhorns, whose somewhat middling ranking takes some of the pressure off heading into a season with the most expectations since the 2009 squad was picked to win it all. Not to mention a two-loss team could very well win the conference and therefore earn the conference's berth in a BCS bowl, meaning this team could very well be in the thick of it come December.
Here's how the Longhorns' ranking, as well as those of their competition, will alter their path to a BCS bowl in 2012.