Why Texas will win the Big 12

Colleague Brock Huard correctly picked Oklahoma State to win the Big 12 in 2011, going out on a preseason limb on which few wanted to join him.

He's done it again this year, picking the rebuilding Longhorns to win the Big 12. Or, are they rebuilding? Huard says they're rebuilt, and wrote three reasons why the Longhorns will win the Big 12 this year.Insider

The first? Huard says Texas is the Big 12's best team at the line of scrimmage.

Couldn't agree more on that count. We'll learn more about the Texas offensive line as the year goes along, but the defensive line doesn't have to do much more to have me sold. I saw enough last year and already this season to believe, especially the depth at defensive tackle and high-end talent at end in Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat.

His two other reasons? David Ash's development and the defense as a whole.

By basically every metric, Ash is playing better than he did a year ago, showing the progression the Horns hoped he would have with an offseason as the team's starter. He's hitting on passes downfield and looking consistent on short and intermediate throws.

Huard writes more about the Texas secondary in his third point, but harps even more on Texas' excellence at defensive end.

The Sooners' struggles help the Horns' case, too, but I'm not sure I'm ready to crown Texas ahead of Kansas State or West Virginia just yet. You can't count Oklahoma completely out yet, either.

What about you? Is Texas the new Big 12 favorite?