After a mediocre 2011 campaign, in which Texas crushed inferior opponents but failed to capitalize on opportunities presented to them by four of the top teams in the country (and a head-shaking loss to Mizzou), Texas looks to build on its overall improvement from the year prior.
Texas is set to have one of the best defenses in the Big 12 once again this year, but with the QB situation still somewhat of a blur and easily one of the toughest schedules in all of college football, Texas has become an enigma of sorts. Do they continue to improve and look to build on last year's turnaround, or lack the finish, intensity and coaching, much like they did in 2010?
The start of the season will be the guideline to answering that question, with Texas going against teams they simply should not lose to (Wyoming, New Mexico and Ole Miss). But as the season progresses, the schedule only gets tougher and tougher. Key battles, like the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma and the matchup against the hard-nosed attack of West Virginia looms as they approach the halfway point of the season.
With the Big 12 always strong and competitive, don't look for much separation between teams. Instead, look forward to these tough tests Texas has to face to return to the Promised Land...or just college football relevancy.