8-5, 5-7-1 ATS, 4th Place in Big XII South
Odds to Win 2010 BCS Championship: +800 at Bookmaker Sportsbook
The Sooners not racking up a double digit winning record is quite a rarity. Bob Stoops has seen his team win at least eleven games eight times since he took over in 1999. The loss of Sam Bradford was the key factor in the teamís 2009 down year, which still included a Sun Bowl victory. Now, with another abundance of talent, Oklahoma is ready to make a return to the top of the Big XII.
Offensive Outlook: The Sooner offense produced some astounding numbers, despite first overall NFL Draft pickís first game shoulder injury. Freshman Landry Jones led the 11th best passing offense in the nation, throwing for 3,198 yards, 26 scores, and 14 picks. Assisting him at wide receiver will be junior Ryan Broyles and senior Brandon Caleb. Broyles led all receivers last year, with an outstanding 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns. Caleb added 26 catches and 408 yards, scoring once. The name to watch will be DeMarco Murray. Murray caught 41 balls for 522 yards and four scores. More importantly, he looks to fill the running back vacancy left by the departure of Chris Brown. Brown saw 182 carries for 749 yards and seven touchdowns, while Murray compiled 705 yards on 171 attempts, scoring eight times. Expect little to slow down this unit.
Defensive Outlook: The Sooners defense also ranked amongst the best in the nation, giving up just 92.9 rushing yards per game and limiting opponents to 14.5 points per game. Oklahoma racked up 37 sacks and limited opponents to a mere 31.3% conversion rate on third down. Four of the teamís five losses last year came by a combined 12 points. Defensive back Quintin Carter led the team with four picks last year and is returning for his senior season. Corey Lenson, the third ranked OLB in the nation, joins the team for 2010, along with the eighth ranked safety, recruit Quentin Hayes. The Sooners will again be deep at every position and look to stay in the top ten in several categories.
The Final Word: The Sooners are ready to return to BCS glory. Jones is ready to take the next step towards being a Heisman Trophy winner. The depth at wide receiver, the versatility of Murray, and another deep defensive roster will prove to be way too much for most opponents to handle. Oklahoma will be amongst the best in the nation and an unbeaten year isnít out of the question. However, the tough Big XII South may mean they stumble in the Red River Shootout early or Oklahoma State late.
2010 Oklahoma Sooners Prediction: 11-1, 1st place in Big XII South
2010 Oklahoma Sooners Schedule
9/4 Utah State
9/11 Florida State
9/18 Air Force
9/25 @ Cincinnati
10/2 Texas (N)
10/16 Iowa State
10/23 @ Missouri
11/6 @ Texas A&M
11/13 Texas Tech
11/20 @ Baylor
11/27 @ Oklahoma State