Longhorns have a lot to prove in bowl

Colleague Brock Huard pegged the five teams that have the most to prove this bowl season, and guess who's at the top of the list?

The Texas Longhorns.

Huard writes:

The pressure is squarely on Texas Dec. 28, as Brown doesn't want to enter 2012 spring ball having lost four out of five to end the previous season, with the lone win coming in a game that had more to do with the Texas A&M Aggies losing than the Longhorns winning.

Will UT be able to turn it around next season? The Horns' performance against Cal could go a long way toward providing the answer.

Theories abound in Austin as to what has turned a program that was riding such an incredible wave of consistent success into a .500 team in the past 24 months. Is it a lack of toughness? A false sense of entitlement? Improved talent and coaching in the Big 12?

Later, Huard pegs what most believe is the biggest, and simplest reason: The Longhorns haven't had solid quarterback play.

They stuck with Garrett Gilbert for 12 games last year and went 5-7.

This year, they played musical chairs with Case McCoy and David Ash and didn't produce results that were much better, though a strong defense and improved running game pushed Texas to 7-5.

Maybe no one in the Big 12 needs a bowl win more than the Longhorns, and they'll try to prove it against Cal in the Holiday Bowl.