2009 Record: 8-5
Oklahoma was ravaged by injuries to key playmakers last year and still fought their way to a respectable 8-5 record. That allowed Sooners players to mature and develop skills, and that could lead to a much improved season in 2010.
Oklahoma lost quarterback Sam Bradford for the majority of the season, so freshman Landry Jones filled in and played strong, throwing for 26 touchdowns.
Jones will have a pair of proven playmakers, Ryan Broyles and Dejuan Miller, to lead a solid rotation of receivers.
Broyles caught 89 passes for 1,120 yards and 15 scores, despite missing two games, and will help Jones improve his already stellar numbers.
On defense, six starters return to a unit that allowed only 14.5 points per game last season.
With the void left by tackle Gerald McCoy, defensive end Jeremy Beal will look to be the anchor of the defense.
Beal, who finished last year with a team-high 11 sacks, will have help on the line, as athletic Frank Alexander will man the other end position.
Oklahoma fought adversity after suffering numerous injuries and still stayed competitive in most of their losses. If they can stay healthy and key players contribute, a conference title and, more importantly, a national title could be in the future for the Sooners.
Over/Under: 11.5 wins