This upcoming 2013 season for the Texas Longhorns to most is a make or break one for head coach Mack Brown and the rest of the Longhorns. After three down years compared to Longhorns nation standards, the 2013 Longhorns need to bounce back to regain trust in the coaching staff and players alike. In 2012 the Longhorns were a 9-4 team including a bowl victory over the surprising Oregon State Beavers. The 2013 Longhorns return junior quarterback David Ash who made major improvements from his freshman season in 2011 to his sophmore season in 2012. The next step for Ash is to improve his confidence and passing game even more in the 2013 season.
One huge storyline to follow for these 2013 Longhorns is the addition of a more up tempo offense. Coach Brown and the rest of the Texas coaching staff have decided to go back to a more up tempo and high octane offensive system in 2013. This is designed to increase the number of plays for the Texas offense and help prepare his defense to face the Big 12 style of offenses in the regular season. The Longhorns averaged around 50 plays a game on offense in 2012 and in Big 12 media days Mack said he wants that number to get around 80 plays per game in 2013. I feel this will really help the Texas offense as a whole, more plays of course equals more points and in the Big 12 where offensive shootouts live tons of points wins more often than not.
As every season approaches the game everyone looks forward to is the Red River Rivarly and this year is no different. The 2012 version of this game was one to forget for Texas fans as Oklahoma won 63-21. The 84 combined points was a record between the two schools with the previous high being 80 points in the classic 2008 matchup. This year Oklahoma loses their all time leader in wins at quarterback Landry Jones. The departure of Jones should make for a less explosive Oklahoma offense in which Texas will look to expose. The Longhorns have not beat Oklahoma since the 2009 matchup, but if there was any year to take advantage of a down Oklahoma team this 2013 season appears to be just that.
Texas will look to return to their winning ways by winning at least ten games which they haven't accomplished since the 2009 season. The three year drought of down football for the Longhorns has seemed like an eternity for fans and players alike. Whether it's the disappoitment of big time recruit Gilbert or inconsistant play from Ash or Case McCoy, the Longhorns always seem to have an issue that hurts them in their quest to win big. This 2013 season will be crucial in the future of head coach Mack Brown's future as well as defensive cordinator Manny Diaz's future. Texas will open up Saturday, August 31 against New Mexico State and look to start a positive season that is filled with high hopes and dreams of returning to another national championship. The past two national championship games that have been played in the Rose Bowl the Longhorns have appeared in them. The classic between USC and Texas after the 2005 season and the downer for Longhorn fans in 2009 against Alabama in the game that will be remember for starting quarterback Colt McCoy getting injurired on the 5th play of the game. If history repeats itself and good karma works out Texas may make it yet again to Pasadena, California and hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm and bring home a 5th national championship for Texas. This is all way down the road and lots of football to be played before we can even think of this, but until then it's time to kick off yet another wonderful and exciting college football season.