Preseason Top 25 Countdown:
25- Northwestern Wildcats
24- TCU Horned Frogs
23- Oregon State Beavers
22- UCLA Bruins
21- Nebraska Cornhuskers
19- Texas Longhorns:
Coach: Mack Brown
2012 Record: Overall 9-4 Big XII 5-4
The Texas Longhorns struggled in 2012, finishing well below their standards. Mack Brown is on the hottest seat he has ever sat on this season, with expectations to finish much better in 2013.
Texas has the weapons to climb back to the top of the Big XII mountain. Eight returning starters on offense should help give them the pieces needed to compete in an offense heavy conference. Junior quarterback David Ash will have plenty of time to throw the football behind an experienced offensive line that are all returning starters. Ash will have weapons in senior wideout Mike Davis and a trio of sophomores who all have speed and solid hands.
Defensively the Longhorns bring back nine of the eleven starters from 2012. That could be seen as both good and bad. While having the experience should be helpful, they were the worst defensive squad Austin has ever seen.
If the defense can play above their 2012 performance, the Texas Longhorns are a team that can compete in The Big XII conference. I am not sold on any one team being a cut above the others, so the Longhorns offense should win a few games on their own, and keep Texas in games they would otherwise not contend in. Look for Texas to win 10 games in 2013.