Following a come-from-behind Alamo Bowl win, the Texas Longhorns were able to create some momentum and confidence before spring football and the 2013 season.
The win realized some marked progress, as it gave Texas a nine-win season even though it fielded the worst defense in the program's history, statistically.
The Longhorns appear to be improving nonetheless, and the 2013 campaign could present the right set of circumstances for a return to the BCS. Texas returns a vast majority of its playmakers, especially on offense, while many of the Big 12's best from last season will undergo big changes across the board.
Oklahoma State, which boasted the FBS's third-ranked scoring offense last season, figures to be Texas' toughest opponent, but how does the rest of the schedule pan out?