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SB Nation Digs Into Texas Football

In preparation for the start of the 2012 season, the SB Nation mothership has been previewing every Division I team.

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Wednesday it was Texas' turn, as Bill Connelly looks at whether the Longhorns can return to their accustomed perch atop the Big 12:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.