Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Oklahoma: Pretender or contender?
By David Ubben
Nobody collects Big 12 title crystal bowls more than Oklahoma. The Sooners got another one last season (debate the merits of it all you want, but it resides in the Switzer Center no matter how much you complain) when it shared a Big 12 title with Kansas State.
That gave Oklahoma eight Big 12 titles since 2000, five more than any other team in the league. The Sooners have done that with a bunch of different quarterbacks, and they'll have to add another name to that list this year if Oklahoma is going to win its ninth Big 12 title.
Do you believe the Sooners can reload and win the Big 12 yet again with several players who are far from household names this spring?
Oklahoma returns just four starters from the defense that got off to a strong start but struggled late last season, never more so than in the loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Landry Jones quarterbacked an offense that bailed out the defense in dramatic wins against West Virginia and Oklahoma State. Without an experienced quarterback, any defensive shortcomings might be more exposed this season. Even with the personnel losses, though, could those defensive shortcomings be fewer in Year 2 in Mike Stoops' defense? The defensive line needs a lot of work, and there is a lot of turnover there, but the offensive line will be a strength.
What do you think of the Sooners' chances? Do you buy that Oklahoma will be in the mix yet again, despite all the turnover? Or will Oklahoma come up short and settle for an average season that doesn't come with a Big 12 title trophy?