For several seasons Texas has become a team rigid in its execution, a group of joyless workers marching single file into a Soviet-era factory. They shook that off in an Alamo Bowl victory over Oregon State.
USC was the toast of Los Angeles for most of the Pete Carroll era. Thanks to a talented group in 2012, that hype is starting to build again.
In 2011, return coverage and play on special teams in general were at their worst in the Mark Richt era. Now, Richt and Co. plan to intensify their focus on improving on those issues.