Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
With how things are shaking out up in Norman, the Longhorns have a great chance to come out on top in the jumbled Big 12 this season. But first, they have a few teams to catch.
As of now, West Virginia is the team to beat in the Big 12. The Mountaineers have the best, most dynamic offense and they are led by a battle-tested quarterback in senior Geno Smith. This is the type of team that has embarrassed Texas in the past, and beating them in Week 5 is paramount to its success as a team.
It could happen. Smith is turnover-prone and struggled against LSU last season, whose defensive scheme and talent are comparable to that of Texas this season.
If Texas wins this game, then Top 5 is very plausible by the team the final poll comes out. Teams like Clemson, Michigan and South Carolina are consistently inconsistent. Michigan State and Wisconsin have serious holes to fill on offense. Arkansas has an unproven new head coach, and even Florida State at No. 7 is not a slam dunk given its history.
If the quarterbacks can avoid the mistakes they made last season, this team has a real chance to play its way into BCS-contention. But first, it needs to go out and prove something.