Texas Football: 5 Biggest Reasons for the Longhorns' Resurgence in 2012

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Texas Football: 5 Biggest Reasons for the Longhorns' Resurgence in 2012
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Heading into their final bye week of the season, the No. 15 Texas Longhorns have now equaled their win total from last season with two regular season games left to be played. For a team that looked like it was on the brink of disaster just three weeks ago, this resurgence is rather impressive.

Between the embarrassing 63-21 loss to Oklahoma and barely escaping with a win against the lowly Kansas Jayhawks, the Longhorns were a 6-2 team that felt much more like 2-6. Heading into a tough close to their regular season, it seemed things were destined to get worse.

Instead, the Longhorns have catapulted back up the college football ranks after handling the then-No. 20 Red Raiders and a well-coached Iowa State team. Now the 'Horns are not only looking at the possibility of their first 10-win season since 2009, but they have a good chance at playing spoiler to No. 1 Kansas State's BCS hopes.

This resurgence has reinvigorated the fanbase and, most importantly, given the entire Texas team the confidence that it had lacked for so much of the season. Now with a bye week to prepare for TCU, it is time to gear up for what could be an unbelievable closing run for this team.

Here are the top five reasons for this team's impressive turnaround this season.

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