Texas Offense, Longhorn Football and Cracking the Top 10

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Is it just me or is every offensive coordinator in college football trying to mastermind some sort of a up-tempo, high scoring, high energy offense? Exactly how many of these teams have a chance at cracking the top 10? Well, Maxwell Ogden from Bleacher Report believes at least one of those teams is from Texas and wears burnt orange on gameday.

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Ogden isn't entirely sold on the Texas Longhorns (there is plenty of time to make him a firm believer) but with an explosive offense and favorable schedule, seeing Texas in the top 10 looks like a question of  when --- not if --- and the critics took notice.

During the Longhorns' 56-7 win over New Mexico State, the offense quieted the criticisms.

Quarterback David Ash has shown flashes of brilliance, throwing for 2,699 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 67.3 percent passing in 2012. He topped 300 yards in three games and threw for three touchdowns in three, but he failed to consistently display the traits of an elite quarterback.

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Against New Mexico State, he went from reliable to dominant, going 20-of-28 for 343 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

A win over the Aggies is hardly season-defining, but Texas compiled 715 yards of total offense. Four separate players ran for at least 60 yards, and the running game finished with 359 yards and four total scores.

It doesn't matter who you're playing—715 yards of total offense is 715 yards of total offense.

While the Texas offense has the skill players necessary to take on any opponent, it all comes down to execution. If Ash is able to go from a source of consistency to a true leader with his production, expect the Longhorns to rise in the rankings.

*Correction, This article originally reported that the Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Texas. That is absolutely not true ... just wishful thinking. Sorry for the confusion -AG*

James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.