There is some light at the end of the tunnel.
After falling into a pit of absolute tragedy in 2010, the Longhorns have slowly been climbing back to the surface.
From 5-7, the "Horns followed with subsequent 8-5 and 9-4 seasons, marked progress if there ever was any.
But 2013 could provide just the right set of circumstances to have a still non-elite Texas team lay claim to a Big 12 title, a crown it has not worn since its BCS National Championship Game run in the 2009 season.
Nineteen returning starters, a schedule that is not as menacing as some may think and some choice moves has provided a promising foundation for what could be a special season.
What else could factor in?