Texas' schedule sets Horns up for success

AUSTIN, Texas -- As is typically the case in the offseason, when there is more hype than hitting, Texas has fared well in number crunching -- ESPN Stats & Info has Texas projected to go 10-2 -- and educated guesses -- Phil Steele has the Longhorns as the No. 4 team in the country.

It's Texas, and it is inconceivable to look at who the Longhorns have -- 19 starters return in addition to recruiting class after recruiting class of top prospects -- and not somehow feel they belong near the top versus what they were during the preseason hype of 2012 and 2011.

And it is quite possible the hype is warranted. Although 2010’s preseason predictions and the 2012 defense should serve as cautionary tales for those readying to ride the barrel over the falls with the Longhorns. Likewise all the statistical algorithms that put Texas near the top of 2013 can be quickly countered with other stats -- and by turning on the tape for just about any game in 2012.