Power Rankings: No. 4 Oklahoma

August, 10, 2012

Oklahoma opened up as ESPN's preseason No. 1 last year. Then running back Dominique Whaley broke his ankle, receiver Ryan Broyles tore his knee and the Sooners nosedived in November. But in the offseason, Landry Jones decided to quarterback the Sooners one more year, and coach Bob Stoops brought brother Mike back to resuscitate a defense that ranked outside the top 50 the past two seasons. Jones will operate behind a veteran offensive line, and have a pair of talented wideouts to throw to in Kenny Stills and freshman Trey Metoyer, the star of the spring. If Whaley comes back healthy to help balance the attack and Mike Stoops cures a secondary guilty of surrendering too many big plays, OU will be a team in the hunt. And a far cry from the one that nosedived. -- Jake Trotter, SoonerNation



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