After a shaky performance in the spring game, the Texas Longhorns' defense does not have to be great, but it has to be fundamentally sound, tackle well and not give up the big play.
For years, Mack Brown and Texas have talked about the 2013 season as the one where things return to normal. Well, it's here.
Texas Longhorns fans are on the edge, and the latest attempt to placate a restless fan base is talk about the offensive tempo.
Players win championships, and the NFL draft results of recent BCS champions reflects that. So Texas fans need concern themselves with only one thing: Do the Horns have the players to win?
Spread teams can have physical, successful rushing attacks. Texas' championships under Mack Brown have come from the spread. Sean Adams puts two and two together from there.
To whom much is given, much is expected, says one Texas fan. And it's hard to argue that point as Texas aims to get back into college football's top echelon on the field.
Texas claims that it will keep the same offensive approach for the Alamo Bowl that it had during the regular season, but a few key tweaks could help the Longhorns thrive.
The Texas Longhorns need to show the nation it can play its best when no one expects it, so says columnist Sean Adams.
Texas hasn't been able to find a stable quarterback for its offense, or an offensive identity. If the Longhorns can't figure out either dilemma, 2013 isn't going to be much better than 2012 was.
Texas has talented individuals who want to succeed, but the team as a whole is lacking. All they can do now is try desperately to find their confidence.
All but written off after being blown out by Oklahoma, the Texas Longhorns have kept working and improving and now have a legitimate shot at finishing with 10 wins.
Over the last two games, the Texas Longhorns defense has improved exponentially. But how much better can it get?
The story of Texas' 2012 season has changed many times since last spring, but beating Texas Tech puts a happy ending well within reach.
After watching Texas beat a bad Kansas team and celebrating afterward leaves columnist Sean Adams wondering just what do the Longhorns players expect.
With West Virginia coming to town, the much-hyped Texas defense has a long way to go and a short time to get there.
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.