With the confidence earned from a comeback win against the Oregon State Beavers in the Alamo Dome, the Texas Longhorns look to return to college football's elite in 2013.
What didn't kill Texas made it stronger. That's apparently what the Longhorns' defense believes, as an increase in pride has allowed its play to improve tremendously.
Better than Will Muschamp? That remains to be seen, but the Texas defense keeps getting better and is following the personality of coordinator Manny Diaz.
Texas has done this before. Holiday Bowl wins launched trips to the BCS, then to title games. So that's why, as the Longhorns continue to climb back to the top, they seem to know the way.
Even with the largest athletics budget in the NCAA, Texas does not spend the most on recruiting. Being in talent-rich state helps. Even as Texas pursues more out-of state targets, the Longhorns also see the value.
Dylan Fritelli's clutch shot to win the NCAA golf title saved the ending to a down year for the Longhorns' sports teams.
Recruiting is key in college football. Before Texas coaches can hit the road they have to pass the NCAA's recruiting test. Carter Strickland tries his hand at the exam.
Even Nostradamus can't predict just how high school players will develop, but Texas has collected former ESPN 150 members and most have developed into contributors
Junior college defensive tackle Brandon Moore has made a big impression on the Texas Longhorns in the first week of spring practice.
By going after another quarterback, Texas could build depth and redshirt incoming players.
These weren't the Longhorns to be trusted with the last Texas A&M game, but this Texas team got a win and a place in the history books.
Breaking down the top five storylines going into the Texas A&M game.
Texas' passing game is floundering and the Longhorns will need it against Texas A&M. Case McCoy might give them the consistency needed to survive in College Station.
It has been a decade since Mack Brown signed a juco player, but with new coaches and needs to fill, Texas is showing more interest in these prospects.
BYU is OK with its football independence, but knows that BCS affiliation would be hard to say no to if the Big 12 came calling.
Texas' camp showed the team's young receivers, including Jordan Shipley's kid brother, have the potential to radiate success.