Michael C. Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
After dominating the Big 12 and routinely putting together double-digit win seasons every year for a decade, Texas slipped back to the pack after an appearance in the 2010 BCS championship game. The Longhorns combined to go just 13-12 in 2010 and 2011. That had many wondering if the days of Texas being a powerhouse program had passed.
Still, a lot of voters didn't seem to care about the Longhorns' recent struggles, as they ranked Texas No. 15 in both major preseason polls.
There were definitely reasons to get excited in Austin this offseason. Texas entered the 2012 season with one of the deepest stable of running backs in the country, an experienced offensive line and a defense loaded with future NFL draft picks. The Longhorns have always had talent, though, and the question that needed to be answered was: Could head coach Mack Brown properly motivate his team?
Judging from the Longhorns' uninspired performance in a 63-21 blowout loss to rival Oklahoma and a terrible sleepwalk showing against Kansas, it's right to question whether Brown is really worth his ridiculously high salary.
Brown may be able to bring in plenty of blue-chip recruits on an annual basis. But when you coach at the biggest program in the most talent-rich state in the country, you have to wonder if that's really a great accomplishment.
Texas is 8-2 this season, but the Longhorns have beaten just one ranked team so far. This is a team that had the talent to compete for a Big 12 title this season, but instead, it will once again ultimately be remembered as just another conference also-ran.