Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 7/19/12

Well kiddies, it’s almost the end of Big XII week here at Crystal Ball Run, and it wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t talk about the team everyone loves to hate: The Texas Longhorns.

Ask many opposing fans, and that cash-printing, TV-network-owning, Texas A&M-push-out-the-dooring (ok, that last one is a stretch, both factually and in pun terminology) juggernaut down in Austin got a lot of what they deserved in 2011, with a second straight semi-disappointing season. Despite overhauling their staff and promising changes across the board, Texas was still a very un-Texas like 8-5 last year, putting their two year total since Colt McCoy left town in 2009 at just 13-12 overall. Should the Longhorns have another year like that in 2012, it might be time for Mack Brown to start pricing out condos in Del Boca Vista.

Fortunately for Brown though (and unfortunately for South Florida realtors), if you look closely at things in Austin, you’ll see that this team and program are on the upswing, and if you look really closely you’ll see that with a few breaks, the Longhorns could actually be in the thick of the Big XII title race this year. Will they win the conference outright? Probably not. But at least they’re in the discussion, a place they haven’t been the last few years.

Of course before to get there, there the Longhorns still do have a number of things to address. In no particular order, here is what Texas needs to go right to have success in 2012.

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