1. Oklahoma Sooners

WIll Oklahoma's defense overcome its pop-gun offense?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 8:41 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN The Magazine
LAST SEASON: 12-2 (6-2 Big 12)

Moments after Oklahoma lost to Oklahoma State last November, their BCS hopes blown away, the championship chatter began. "Next year is our year," LB Teddy Lehman promised his teammates. "We're too talented not to be there." You'll get no argument here. This year's D is a pretty close approximation of the airtight group Lehman anchored in '02 (15.4 ppg). In fact, the unit's two new starters -- DE Dan Cody and SS Donte Nicholson -- may be better than their predecessors. "This will be our best defense ever," says FS Brandon Everage.

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