The Texas Longhorns kickoff their 2012 campaign in less than a week.
In the second season of the coaching overhaul that re-energized Mack Brown and his program, the Longhorns are in a position to build on their 8-5 season that left plenty of questions to be answered.
With a clash against Wyoming just days away, the excitement around Austin is palpable.
Defense is boss at Texas right now, but with a budding offense that features a carousel of talented running backs, the Longhorns will look for balance by running to set up a passing game that is reportedly improved under quarterback David Ash.
Texas faces a schedule that will open Big 12 play against the conference's toughest opponents. If the Longhorns can escape that early gauntlet relatively unscathed, coach Brown's team could be in for a surprising season with higher expectations.