The Texas Longhorns return 13 starters to an 8-5 team that underachieved for the fourth-straight season. Improving on that mark against their 2014 schedule will require Charlie Strong to engineer a great turnaround.
Texas faces eight teams that return as many or more starters than it does this season. Of those eight, three finished with a better record in 2013. Those teams are Baylor, UCLA and Oklahoma, who happen to sport the three best quarterbacks the 'Horns face all season.
These teams are tops among Texas' 12-game slate, with quarterback play, experience and past success shaping where the other nine teams rank on the schedule from easiest to toughest.
Quarterback play is the theme, and how David Ash's health situation unfolds will determine how well Strong's team does in his first season at the helm. Without him, winning games in the top half of the spectrum will be a tall order.
Returning starter stats and information courtesy of PhilSteele.com.