The lenses through which we look at football teams change at every part of the year. There have been fairly definable ways to look at the University of Texas football program at different stages of the last 12 months.
There was an air of momentum after the Holiday Bowl win against California. There was an air of final touches with the spring enrollment of junior college linemen Donald Hawkins and Brandon Moore. There was something to believe in when Mack Brown talked in the preseason about having the pieces in place to move back into that 10-win category. He even chimed in that Texas could be competing for a BCS game and a national championship in the next year or two. Texas named David Ash the starter at quarterback, and the whole package was coming together.
Texas played the first three games well and showed flashes on both sides of the ball. Finally there was an air of "We're Back" after Texas went on the road and beat the defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State Cowboys.