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Habe on the Horns: Strong says opponents have helped Texas shrug off doldrums

Playing up to the competition: Texas football head coach Charlie Strong said Monday that the Longhorns have been playing better in recent weeks because they have raised their level of play to match the better opponents they have faced (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Playing up to the competition: Texas football head coach Charlie Strong said Monday that the Longhorns have been playing better in recent weeks because they have raised their level of play to match the better opponents they have faced (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — Winning three of its past four games has put Texas back on track for a bowl game and into the consciousness of the college football world. But don’t expect the Longhorns to become complacent, especially with 11th-ranked West Virginia coming into Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a crucial Big 12 Conference showdown.

Texas coach Charlie Strong, whose spot on the hot seat has cooled some in recent weeks with wins against Iowa State, then-No. 8 Baylor and Texas Tech, credited the teams the Longhorns have played with helping his team recover from a 2-2 start.

“What’s helped us is who we are playing right now,” Strong said Monday at his weekly media availability. “Our opponents are

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .