In preparation for the start of the 2012 season, the SB Nation mothership has been previewing every Division I team.
Wednesday it was Texas' turn, as Bill Connelly looks at whether the Longhorns can return to their accustomed perch atop the Big 12:
The University of Texas' football team over the last four years has been the perfect case study, both for why recruiting rankings matter so much (25-2 in 2008-09) and why they aren't all that matters (13-12 in 2010-11). When you ARE the Joneses, and you have your pick of the recruiting litter, you should expect a two-deep full of blue-chippers, and you should expect to either make the BCS title game (2005, 2009) or come really, really close (2001, 2008) quite frequently. You should also expect a hell of a lot more offensive competency than Texas has seen over the past two seasons.
As Connelly points out, there is an awful lot of talent on this Texas team. But while there are four and five-star recruits up and down the offense and defense, all eyes will be on the four (David Ash) and three star (Case McCoy) players at the QB position.
Ash and McCoy just didn't get it done in 2011, and if they aren't significantly improved in 2012, there's a firm ceiling on how good the Longhorns can be.