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College Football Preview: #5 Oklahoma Sooners

August 22, 2012

At #5 in our top 25 college football countdown we have the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma is once again one of the pre-season favorites to contend for the National Championship which they have done often under Head Coach Bob Stoops.

The Sooners will be led by quarterback Landry Jones who is one of the nation’s best signal callers. He is already OU’s all-time career passing leader and that’s saying a lot when you consider there have been two Heisman Trophy winners at quarterback in Jason White and Sam Bradford and another National Title winner in Josh Heupel since Stoops came to coach them. Jones may well be the best of them all.

He loses his main target though in Ryan Broyles. Kenny Stills will be Jones’ main target and has the potential to be as good as Broyles in many people’s opinions.This will be huge for Jones who shrunk badly when Broyles went down with an injury in mid-season. Jones needs Stills to be his Broyles replacement. 

Jones had a bad stretch run a year ago, and if not for that he would probably be a leading Heisman candidate. That’s not to say he can’t get back in the hunt for it by season’s end though.

Mike Stoops will be back to be the defensive coordinator. This will probably be a good thing for OU whose defense was porous a year ago. Brent Venables’ D was torched by Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

OU starts with a couple of cupcakes in UTEP and Florida A&M. This should give them time to work out the kinks with the new defense and new passing game. Hopefully Jones will gain some of his confidence back with those easy games.

The Sooners get an open date before and after Kansas State comes in September 22. So OU should be really focused in on that one. OU will then visit Texas Tech and meet Texas in the annual game in Dallas after the second open date. The following two weeks, Kansas and Notre Dame come to Norman followed by a road game at Iowa State.

Baylor comes to town in a game the Sooner D should be licking their chops for after being lit up last year in Waco. A tough conference road trip to West Virginia follows the Baylor game and then the Sooners end the regular season with Oklahoma State and at TCU.

So the back-end of the schedule will tell the tale in Norman this season. Down the stretch, they cannot afford a repeat of a year ago. Hopefully they stay healthy. If they do, OU could really make a statement for the BCS National Championship game.

Bovada has OU’s over/under for wins at 10. Looking at the schedule, they should easily win the first three games. After that it gets a bit tougher. You’ve got Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma Sate, West Virginia and TCU. OU has to win all of those games but one for the over to pay. So even though OU could be the best team in the Big 12, the safe money is on the under.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 College Football 2012

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