The story of Texas' 2012 season has changed many times since last spring, but beating Texas Tech puts a happy ending well within reach.
With West Virginia coming to town, the much-hyped Texas defense has a long way to go and a short time to get there.
Texas made some big plays to prevail over Oklahoma State on Saturday, but there's plenty for the Longhorns to shore up before West Virginia arrives next weekend.
Former Denton Guyer star J.W. Walsh gets the first start of his career against his home-state Texas Longhorns with a chance to cement himself as Oklahoma State's quarterback.
Underclassman Desmond Jackson has set the mark in toughening up Texas' defensive line, which is finally showing signs of the strength necessary to survive in the Big 12.
Against Oklahoma State, Texas has a chance to capitalize on winning the turnover battle, but D-coordinator Manny Diaz can't preach enough about players executing perfectly in order to do that.
A combination of better line play, understanding of the offense and play-calling have Texas QB David Ash displaying better presence in the pocket.
With its conference opener at Oklahoma State, Texas can go a long way toward proving so much of the hype and potential around the Longhorns.
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Facing another potent passing game against Oklahoma State, Texas' secondary is focused on fundamentals.