The media has begun singing praise of what the Texas Longhorns may do this season, encapsulated in at least a shot at a Big 12 title, the program's first since outdoing Nebraska in 2009 en route to a BCS National Championship appearance.
The stage is obviously set. A potent offense, an experienced team, a veteran quarterback who still has some upside and a flurry of talented playmakers on either side of the football.
But there are still nine other teams, by default, standing in the way of Texas' conference title hopes, some posing a bigger threat than others.
Here are five of the biggest obstacles that may prevent the Longhorns from achieving one of their seasonal objectives.