With bowl season upon us, it's hard to believe talking about next season is appropriate yet, but it's never too early to look ahead.
The Oklahoma football starting lineup for next season will see many familiar faces but also the departure of several big names, including Travis Lewis, Ronnell Lewis and Frank Alexander, but returning quarterback Landry Jones will bring experience and potential to the OU offense once again.
Although 2011 was a disappointing season overall for the Sooners, it was a season of remarkable performances; an astounding 19 players received All-Big 12 or higher honors for their play, with several more earning academic honors—another great sign from this still young team.
OU will have plenty of talent next year; experience is the only variable among a team with the caliber of players Oklahoma fields.
With that in mind, here is an early and tentative (emphasis on tentative) look at the 2012 starting lineup for the Oklahoma Sooners.