Bowl season generally means two things: the coaching carousel and bowl game preparation.
For the Texas Longhorns (8-4, 7-2), they will be dealing with both on tremendous scales.
For the second consecutive season, the Longhorns will travel down I-35 to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl. But the recent headlines regarding Mack Brown possibly stepping down from his head coaching post after 16 years will provide a whole new carnival.
In 2012, fueled by a strong second-half comeback, Texas was able to knock off Oregon State 31-27.
But in less than three weeks, Texas will encounter No. 10 Oregon (10-2, 7-2) and its massive offense.
We saw the Longhorns sneak away with a win last year, but the challenge appears to have increased tenfold with the Ducks flying into San Antonio for the December 30 contest.
In preparation for what figures to be a matchup nightmare for the Longhorns, here are five things that Texas has to have against the Ducks.