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After back-to-back upset wins over Oklahoma State and Alabama to close the 2013 season, expectations for the Sooners have skyrocketed as Bob Stoops' "Big Game" moniker has returned. The Sooners' offense, which averaged 42 points per game in the last four contests, will benefit from the return of quarterback Trevor Knight, who closed the season with a sensational Sugar Bowl performance (348 yards and four touchdowns). The defense made significant strides last year, and with the return of nine starters, the Sooners could be in store for their best season statistically on defense since 2009.
After one of the best seasons in school history, which included a Big 12 title, Art Briles' program looks to continue its climb toward consistent finishes in the top 10-to-15. In 2014, the Bears return just nine starters, but one of them is quarterback Bryce Petty, who threw for 4,200 yards and accounted for 46 touchdowns. He has some dynamic skill players surrounding him, including leading receiver Antwan Goodley, who averaged nearly 19 yards per catch.