But OU will stage another quarterback derby this spring. The backup quarterback job is open.
With Bell changing positions and Thompson changing schools and Texas Tech refugee Baker Mayfield ineligible until 2015, two players making their spring practice debuts, freshmen Cody Thomas and Justice Hansen, will duel for the No. 2 quarterback role.
Toughest road conference game - On paper, a majority of the Sooners' toughest games will be played in Norman, giving OU a sizable advantage. Their toughest road game is likely to be either on October 4 against TCU or on November 15 against Texas Tech. Both the Frogs and Red Raiders expect to make improvements in 2014 after struggling down the stretch in 2013.
The Sooners are 15-6 against Texas Tech in their history, and they are 9-4 against the Horned Frogs.
The difference between the Sooners and Cowboys at this point is proven depth. Even with Marcus Smart-and arguably Michael Cobbins-in the lineup, the OU bench is simply better and deeper, with more on the way. The Sooners lose just two players for next season while bringing in three frontcourt players and elevating some players from the end of the bench into the rotation.
After looking tight on opening day the Oklahoma baseball bats heated up Saturday as the Sooners evened the series, beating Seton Hall 8-2.
Coach Pete Hughes, in his inaugural season at OU, picked up his first career victory on a windy afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooner lineup tallied nine hits including two crucial home runs.