Texas Football: Why Up-Tempo Offense Is Key to Beating Oklahoma in 2013

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Texas Football: Why Up-Tempo Offense Is Key to Beating Oklahoma in 2013
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Spring practice is in full swing for the Texas Longhorns, who are looking to make their long-awaited return to the top of the Big 12 this season. But to do so they will have to figure out how to beat the pesky Oklahoma Sooners, and the team's move back to the up-tempo spread offense is a great step towards doing just that.

It is no mystery that Texas head coach Mack Brown has had trouble taking care of business against the team's most bitter of rivals, going 6-9 against the Sooners over his tenure. But these past two seasons have redefined those struggles with Texas losing by a combined 80 points in its flagship game of the season. 

Brown can ill-afford another embarrassing defeat at the hands of Bob Stoops and the Sooners, but this might be his year thanks to the offense of his former quarterback Major Applewhite. The team's new offensive coordinator is using this spring to reinstall a spread attack that Texas rode to a national championship and two BCS bowl victories. The 'Horns are hoping that this attack, along with a plethora of young talent, will bring them back to national prominence and allow them to take one back from the Sooners in 2013.

Given the nature of this up-tempo scheme and the matchup problems that it creates, this new attack will be instrumental in Texas' reclaiming of the Golden Hat this October. Here's why.

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