everybody is certainly atwitter about the sooners' chances for the national championship for the up coming season. they seem to be loaded on offense with jones, broyles, and stills. a lot of depth at running back should help the passing game, if, and its a big if, the offensive line has improved some. they can sure all pass block, but 3.4 yards per carry won't get it. does another year older make one proportionally better? maybe that won't matter so much if some of the recruits, ie shead, irwin, williams, and thompson, recruited after the 2009 blocking debacle are able to replace the slightly tainted returning group. and, while he doesn't get the press of williams, clay, or finch, jonathon miller might be the best downhill, north-south runner since petersen. the defense has questions on the interior line also. will martin avoid injuries? and mcfarland and mcghee are facing the same scenario as the offensive line. will they be better just because of more experience? freshmen eric humphrey, damon williams, and, most notably, torrea peterson, and marquis anderson will probably get their share of snaps. remember that daniel noble, the a true freshman, had moved into the starting def tackle spot last year before his career ending concussion. the defensive backfield should be even more solid than last year. fleming and hurst have seen pretty much all of the moves. jefferson is a future first round pick at the every down nickel spot. colvin is an upgrade from nelson and harris is faster than carter, if not a for sure equal replacement. defensive end and linebacker are definately title quality.
so the chance to go all the way is there, despite a few possible weaknessess. but if one years experience matters, what about two? if all of the fans think this is the year, what about next year? fleming, travis lewis, and alexander will be gone from the defense. good to very good players for sure, but corey nelson, david king, and gabe lynn are pretty good too. the offense loses broyles, a major loss, but look at the 4 and 5 star recruits waiting in the wings. no team in the country is deeper right now, at the wideouts than the sooners. of course the whole thing about two in row is will jones leave for the pros? there are three big reasons that i can see where he might decide to stay. first, of course is his girlfriend, the great whitney hand. has two more years of eligibility. the second reason is that he will own all of the school and conference passing records. and finally, he will be able to use the notre dame visit to norman as a springboard to a probable lock on the heisman.
so if your one of those who believe this is the year, you can start making plans for two in a row.