The Texas Longhorns were one of the youngest teams in the FBS in 2012, but in 2013 they will become one of the most veteran squads in the country.
Losing high-quality starters in defensive end Alex Okafor and safety Kenny Vaccaro hurt significantly, as did the loss of wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, but the general make-up of the team figures to be strong in a season that may be defined by Texas' junior class—think David Ash, Malcolm Brown, Jaxon Shipley and Quandre Diggs.
After two seasons of well-documented and observed progress, however marginal it may have been, the 'Horns are finally on the cusp of a special season that could catapult the program back into the conversation of the elites.
Circumstantially laced with inexperience at some positions and straight-up poor play from others, Texas will need further growth in some areas before it can legitimately stake a claim for the Big 12 title.
Without further ado, let's dive into a power ranking that outlines the strongest position groupings for the Longhorns. The rankings are based on depth, experience, talent, leadership potential and what Texas knows it is getting from its players.