Texas is the favorite to win Big 12

Mack Brown's team looks poised to emerge as the Big 12's best team in 2012. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

There are numerous reasons to not be of a positive mindset when it comes to gauging the state of the Texas Longhorns program.

After all, last year's Longhorns team clinched consecutive losing seasons in conference play for the first time since 1935-38, had a game in which they did not score a touchdown for the first time since 2004 and gave up a combined 141 points to the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys and Baylor Bears.

As painful as those items might be for UT fans to read, there are eight reasons to think that Texas can not only get things going in a positive direction in 2012, but that it can win the Big 12. Here's why the Horns should be considered the favorites to win the league this season.