The Texas Longhorns' 2012 season hits its make-or-break point in Saturday's Alamo Bowl matchup against the Oregon State Beavers. If they hope to pull out the win, the 'Horns are going to need some marquee performances out of their best players.
If the Longhorns can defeat the Beavers in San Antonio, it will be two consecutive seasons of improvement after the abysmal 2010 season. Not to mention that a win over a top-15 opponent would get Major Applewhite's career as the Texas offensive coordinator off to a strong start.
A loss would mean Texas has to answer the same questions for the third offseason in a row: how far away is this program from contending on the national landscape? Is coach Mack Brown still the right man for the job? Finally, when is this team going to find a legitimate quarterback?
Though the 'Horns fell short of expectations this season, a win against the No. 13 Beavers shows fans and, more importantly, recruits that this program is still heading in the right direction. To accomplish this, a handful of Texas players are going to have to play their absolute best games of the season.
Here are those five Longhorns and what they need to do to give their team the best chance to win this year's Alamo Bowl.