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For a full analysis of why I think Oklahoma will finish the year where it started, please click here.
But if you don't want to stray away from this article, here are the main reasons:
OU really has four tough games this season, and I think only two are losable. The tough games include: at Florida State in Week 3, vs. Missouri in Week 4, vs. Texas A&M in Week 10 and at Oklahoma State in Week 13.
The two losable games are at Florida State and at Oklahoma State. When the Sooners take on the Seminoles, they will be without All-American linebacker Travis Lewis and quite possibly Ronnell Lewis, but that situation is currently unresolved.
The Sooners have all the weapons they need to defeat Florida State, but the game will be significantly harder on the road. The same can be said about Oklahoma State, but given Bedlam's recent history, the Cowboys will have to be on top of their game to top their in-state foe.
Ryan Broyles and Landry Jones
Broyles might be the top wide receiver in the nation. In fact, his best competition likely plays at Oklahoma State (Justin Blackmon). That makes this year's Bedlam game even more interesting.
Jones, on the other hand, is a preseason candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Statistically, Jones has been great for the Sooners, especially last season. He still made bad decisions, but that was to be expected from a sophomore. Now a year older with even more experience under his belt, Jones should be able to put it all together for a memorable season.
Josh Heupel and Bob Stoops
Heupel is now co-offensive coordinator. This might be the best thing that could have happened to the Sooners. Former offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who is now the head coach at Indiana, definitely had some good years in Norman. Heupel, however, has personally coached three OU quarterbacks and made them great.
Sam Bradford was not a Heisman hopeful when he stepped foot on campus, but under Heupel's guidance, Bradford became not only a Heisman winner, but a No. 1 draft pick. Jones looks like he might be following in his foot steps, and he even has a chance to break a few of Bradford's records this season if he stays healthy.
So, yes, Heupel is going to be a great offensive coordinator, but the Sooners have somebody else they can also count on. Bob Stoops single-handedly turned Oklahoma back into national championship contenders.
Stoops has lead the Sooners to 12 consecutive bowl games (seven BCS), three of those bowl games being national championships (just one victory, though), eight Big 12 South crowns and seven Big 12 titles.
His record at OU is an impressive 129-31. That's an 81 percent winning percentage!
If the team stays healthy and they can get past Florida State in Week 2, it will have a legitimate shot of running the table. Getting Travis Lewis back for Texas is huge, and the senior All-American will anchor a much-improved defense that will hopefully be reminiscent of the 2000 championship team.