Oklahoma overcame a season ravaged by injuries and still managed an 8-5 record and a victory over Stanford in the Sun Bowl, but expectations will once again be sky high for the Sooners.
The 2008 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford and athletic tight end Jermaine Gresham were lost due to season-ending injuries leaving gaping holes in the Sooners' offense.
Freshman quarterback Landry Jones stepped in and played well, throwing for 3,198 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Now a sophomore, Jones leads eight starters and will still have plenty of options on the offensive side of the ball.
Wide receiver Ryan Broyles and running back DeMarco Murray will be the primary weapons for Jones, as the Sooners' offense is capable of lighting up the scoreboard.
Defensively, six starters return, including Big 12 Player of the Year candidate, defensive end Jeremy Beal. The secondary is also talented and will provide the Oklahoma defense with experience and stability.
The only potential roadblocks for this athletic team is an early home meeting against Florida State, a road test against Cincinnati, and the annual Red River Rivalry game with Big 12 foe Texas.
If the offense puts points on the board and the defense continues to stifle opponents, Oklahoma may already be a frontrunner to play in Glendale, Ariz. for the BCS National Championship.