When the Texas Longhorns went 9-4 in 2012, one game better than their 8-5 finish in 2011, they demonstrated marked progress underscored by the worst statistical defense in the program's history.
Entering the 2013 season, the 'Horns will go from being one of the most inexperienced teams in the FBS to one of the most veteran outfits, complete with high expectations and a sense of acceptable standards once again.
Despite the preseason praise, there are still doubts inside and outside the program as to how successful the team may be this year, especially after some disconcerting efforts a season ago.
Nevertheless, just as several pieces fell into place to help manifest the 5-7 debacle in 2010, numerous pillars are going up that can help the Longhorns perch themselves atop the Big 12 in 2013. Enough of them, in fact, that it will be enough for Texas to overachieve this season.