By Ray Hamill
It may have seemed like a long shot a few weeks ago, but somehow Texas is back in the BCS picture and Mack Brown is proving his doubters wrong.
After starting the season 1-2, the Longhorns have rattled off six straight wins to leave them atop the conference standings and still very much alive for a BCS berth.
But it won’t be easy for the Longhorns (7-2 overall, 6-0 in Big 12), who face an extremely tough run-in that will test their BCS credentials.
Texas is part of what is essentially a three-horse race for the conference crown and the guaranteed BCS spot that goes with it, along with Baylor (8-0, 5-0) and Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1), and all three still have to play each other in the coming weeks.
First up, No. 24 Texas hosts No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday, before No. 5 Baylor travels to Oklahoma State next week in a game that has more than just conference implications for the undefeated Bears, who are still in contention for a spot in the national championship game, if some other results go their way.
On Dec. 7, Texas then travels to Baylor in a game that could very well decide the conference crown.
The Longhorns also play in-state rivals Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3) on Nov. 28.
Making the turnaround even more impressive for the Longhorns is the fact they achieved it despite some key injuries and the persistent rumors of Nick Saban taking over the reins of the program from Brown.
The longtime Texas coach, however, has defied his critics and has given the Longhorns everything to play for over the final month of the season.