Midseason review: Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooners

Record: 5-0 (1-0 Big 12)

Through six games last year, Oklahoma had three losses by a total of five points, all to ranked teams. This year, four of its five wins have come by a total of 20 points. Oklahoma has one of the conference's marquee wins, a 47-17 beatdown of then-No. 17 Florida State, which has only lost to the Sooners. Oklahoma ended a skid to Texas with a 28-20 win in the Cotton Bowl and looks to be headed for a showdown at Oklahoma State to close the season in a game that may decide the South. The injuries that frustrated the team last season gave players like Landry Jones and a handful of offensive linemen valuable experience that's paying off this year. Most importantly for the Sooners, their established stars have been playing like stars. Ranked back in the top 10 after a year away, the Sooners look like the obvious favorite in the South, but to have a chance to meet North favorite in the title game, they'll have to pass road tests against Missouri and Texas A&M, as well as the finale against the rival Cowboys.

Offensive MVP: WR Ryan Broyles – Broyles entered the season as one of college football's best receivers, and he's played like it, ranking in the national top five in receptions, with 46. Until a win over Texas, Broyles had at least nine catches and 100 yards receiving in every game this season. The junior looks likely to exceed 1,000 yards and has been Jones' most reliable target.

Defensive MVP: DE Jeremy Beal – Beal was also my pick for the conference's defensive player of the year in midseason, and he's lived up to his billing as the Big 12's best pure pass rusher, leading the Big 12 with six sacks, fourth most nationally, and forcing three fumbles. His 8.5 tackles for loss are also most in the Big 12.