The Texas Longhorns may be ranked No. 23 in the BCS following a 56-50 win over the Baylor Bears, but fans are not convinced as this team is desperately clinging to its Big 12 relevance. Luckily the 'Horns are headed north to Lawrence to face the lowly Kansas Jayhawks and their current six-game losing streak.
For the third straight season, Texas is just not an elite team in the college football landscape. The defense has been historically bad as it is on pace to allow 1,300 more yards than any other defense in Texas history, and the rest of the team is not good enough to make up for that.
But there is hope.
In a classic example of perfect timing, the Longhorns face the Jayhawks this week, who are riding a six-game losing streak and have been the Big 12's punching bag so far this season. This is great for the Longhorns, who could use all the confidence they can get before the grueling schedule they face to close out the season.
And a win in Lawrence makes them bowl eligible, which is apparently now an achievement for this program.
But this is college football and teams can never afford to take an opponent lightly, especially this Longhorn team. Here are the five keys for the Longhorns as they look to put away the last "gimme" on their schedule.