Don’t look now, but the Boomer Sooner Bandwagon has reemerged!
Last season, the Sooner train took a long pit stop in the land of “what the heck just happened?!” They not only lost their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, to injury but they also lost their playmaking tight end as well—Jermaine Gresham.
2009 was looking like a bonafide disaster but, when you consider how bad it could have been, the Sooners actually did pretty well for themselves—considering. They ended the season 8-5 and gave Sooner fans hope that 2010 could be a whole lot better.
2010 is looking bright for Bob Stoops so far and at least one national expert feels they are already the No. 1 team in the nation—Phil Steele. Now, that may seem a lofty leap to make for a team that still has some holes to fill, but I am sure the Sooner fans will be happy just to see them back near the top of the heap in the country.
For a more in-depth preview, see the video below:
…Well, at least the locals have some perspective, right?
However, you can’t blame Steele for thinking the way he does as the Sooners do have plenty of talent returning in a conference that is more than winnable for them this year. The only teams that can feasibly challenge them for the Big 12 this season are Texas and Nebraska. Texas has question marks after the departure of both Jordan Shipley and Colt McCoy and Nebraska won’t play Oklahoma this year.
The folks at ESPN seem to think Gilbert will be good for Texas but give the slight edge to Oklahoma in the QB department because of their receiving personnel and the experience Landry Jones acquired last season as the full-time starter:
One thing is for certain, the “Red River Rivalry”, scheduled for October 2nd, should be a lot more interesting this season and, for the first time in a long while, I can’t say for sure that the Longhorns are going to come out on top.