Especially at quarterback, where sophomore David Ash is starting to blossom. Ash had to fight off Case McCoy in training camp to win the starting job and now ranks third nationally in passing efficiency with a 76 percent completion rate, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
Ash's four touchdowns and 326 yards passing against Ole Miss were career highs and quieted - for now - fans who questioned his ability to lead the offense.
"Before last week, I don't think there was anybody that liked me," Ash said. "Now everybody likes me."
The next three games will determine whether Texas is ready to compete for a title again. After playing Oklahoma State, the top-scoring team in the nation, the Longhorns host No. 9 West Virginia before playing No. 16 Oklahoma in Dallas.
"I want to see our toughness," Brown said. "I want to see how good we are nationally. We're going to see that here soon."
Brown is telling his team to take a one-and-done playoff approach to the Big 12 schedule. With no conference title game, the Big 12 crown with be determined by the weekly head-to-head matchups from now until December.
Brown also warned his team against getting too excited about being 3-0. The Longhorns started 3-0 in 2009 and ended up playing for the national championship. They also started 3-0 in 2010 and finished 5-7.
"We can show everybody we're better," Brown said. "Or we can show we've still got a lot of work to do."