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Texas went through it all last season.
The Longhorns started 1-2 with a pair of ugly losses to BYU, which resulted in defensive coordinator Manny Diaz being demoted, and Ole Miss. Then, Texas won its next six games, only to lose three of its final four games.
Mack Brown "resigned" and in comes Charlie Strong from Louisville.
Strong is a defensive guy, and he's put together an A+ defensive staff. With Cedric Reed and Malcom Brown holding down the defensive line, the 'Horns should be stout up front. Cornerback Quandre Diggs provides quality help in the secondary.
Playing with an edge has been an issue for Texas in recent years. That shouldn't be a problem under Strong.
The biggest question marks are going to be on offense at quarterback and offensive line. Redshirt junior David Ash has all the physical tools to be a great quarterback, but he's never been consistently healthy or able to put everything together.
Since it doesn't appear Texas will get help at quarterback with a transfer, this is likely Ash's job to lose.
Expect Texas to rely on its stable of talented running backs and play stingy defense to win games. It may not be flashy, but it's possible for this team to surprise folks in Strong's first year.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All stats courtesy of cfbstats.com.