2009 started with a ton of hope in Norman.
Four future first-round draft picks, including a Heisman Trophy winner hungry to get back the to BCS national title game.
However, the expectations soon dwindled. Starting with a season-ending knee injury to Jermain Gresham, then Bradford goes down twice early in the season and decides to get season-ending surgery on his shoulder.
Trent Williams, struggled ever bit as much, as the young line that surrounded him and Gerald McCoy and his defense, seemed to be the only true bright spot of the Sooners' season, which ended 8-5 with a Sun Bowl victory over Stanford.
8-5 may be a good season by most schools' standards but with Bud Wilkinson's monster, it is barely enough to keep you employed.
Stoops has finished with eight or less wins twice before in his tenure with the Sooners, 1999 and 2005, each time he won the conference championship the following year.
In 2010, to accomplish that feat again, the players are going to have to step up big.
The Sooners have the talent to match up with anyone but to win another conference championship, someone will have to play lights out.
Let's take a look at who looks most likely to become Sooner of the Year.