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The Texas Longhorns had another disappointing year in 2012, going just 9-4 SU and 6-7 ATS. Texas continues to bring in top recruiting classes each year, but for three straight seasons the team hasn’t played up to its potential. Will this be the year that Texas gets back to being an elite football program?

Odds to Win Big 12: +295 at 5Dimes
Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 at Bovada

In nine seasons from 2001 to 2009, the Texas Longhorns were one of the most consistent programs in the country, never failing to win at least 10 games. But over the last three seasons, Texas has failed to reach the 10-win mark and is 20-16 SU in regular season play. The Longhorns were just 5-4 SU and 3-6 ATS in Big 12 play last season.

This has to be the year that Texas gets back on track. The team returns 10 starters on an offense that played well last season, finishing 24th in the nation in scoring with 36.1 points per game. After years of entering the season amidst a quarterback controversy, David Ash enters the 2013 season as the clear-cut starter after passing for 2,699 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. The team is installing a spread attack this season, and with so much returning talent and speed this should only mean more production on offense.

Texas’ defense was a disappointment last year, especially against the run. The Longhorns allowed 192 yards per game on the ground last season and were torched for 10 rushing touchdowns against over their last three games of the year. Loaded with front seven talent that grades out to be NFL-caliber someday, the lack of production on this side of the ball doesn’t make sense. Whether the issue is attitude based or scheme based, it must be resolved if Texas hopes to slow down the explosive offenses it will face in the Big 12.

On paper, no team in the conference is more talented than Texas. But potential and talent only go so far, and at some point the Longhorns need to stop making excuses and start competing for conference titles again.

Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 9

Oklahoma State +260
Texas +295
Oklahoma +390
TCU +395
Baylor +1500
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500
Kansas +10000