2010 was an extremely disappointing season for the Longhorns and coach Mack Brown, in which they finished 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12.
2011 looks to be more promising though. Although an eight-win season may seem just okay to many, it could be a reality as Texas tries to become elite again in its own state.
With a revamped coaching staff, a legitimate entering freshman class and 14 returning starters, there is definite hope for Texas.
Texas has talent and depth; the Longhorns just need to believe in themselves, shake off a poor previous season and perform to expectations.
Despite having a rough conference schedule this year, the Longhorns will be a surprisingly powerful force in the Big 12.