In one week, the Texas Longhorns will debut Major Applewhite's highly anticipated up-tempo offense. If all goes to plan, Texas will ride it to once again become one of the nation's premier offensive attacks.
Though the focus of the offseason has been fixing a historically bad defense, the 'Horns will go only as far as Applewhite's offense takes them. Texas has only lost two games in the last five seasons when it has scored over 30 points, and that is the kind of production it takes to win in the Big 12.
Fortunately for Applewhite, putting up 30 a night should be no problem. He gets 10 out of 11 starters back from a unit that put up over 35 per game last season. He also returns a full stable of running backs and gets a more experienced David Ash under center. Applewhite could do some special things with this group and the 80 plays he plans to run per game.
The goal for this offense should be to put up 40 per contest. With the help of the conference's best quarterback, a 1,000-yard rusher and a breakout campaign from a speedy sophomore, he will do just that in taking Texas back to the top of the Big 12.