When every season is set to begin there are always doubts and question marks regarding some of the key attributes that make a championship-caliber team.
After coming off a 10-4 season with a bowl victory over a highly talented South Carolina team, the hopes are high and so are the stakes this season. Most fans are saying, "Here comes a national championship," while others are just praying they finally live up to the hype.
Opening the season up against cellar-dweller opponents like Louisiana-Monroe and Charleston Southern can be considered a luxury to some extent. It allows the team an opportunity to continue working out their kinks, gaining some rhythm and confidence before the big game against Oklahoma. At the same time it can be somewhat of a letdown because the competition level will be nothing compared to what they will see from the Sooners.
There is no question there are plenty of challenges that lie ahead, but if they handle business the way they are capable of, there is no reason they can't contend for a national championship.
That's if they take care of these key factors throughout the season.