Heading into the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma on Saturday, the Texas football team find itself in a familiar, yet unfamiliar spot.
For the seventh time in the past 11 years, the Longhorns will enter the rivalry game undefeated. And every year during that time, the Longhorns have been ranked heading into the annual showdown at the Cotton Bowl. But with the Longhorns coming off a 5-7 record, most people expected them to be rebuilding and finding their way at this point.
"I don't think anybody thought we would be 4-0 when we started the season," said Texas coach Mack Brown.
Nobody, except maybe the team itself.
Star senior linebacker Keenan Robinson said at Big 12 media days that he expected the Longhorns to make an immediate return to their run of 10-win seasons, restarting a string from 2001-09 that was halted a season ago. And defensive coordinator Manny Diaz revealed after a 37-14 win Saturday at previously undefeated Iowa State, that the team's goal all along was to win a conference title this season.