ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit talked to The Oklahoman‘s Mel Bracht on Thursday about the Sooners’ 2011 season:
I think on paper they are the best team in the country. I don’t want to put a bull’s-eye on their chest, but I think this might be one of Bob’s most talented teams in the 13 years he has been there. I think Landry (Jones) has demonstrated what he can do at quarterback. The running backs, you talk about a stable, that is an outstanding group. I loved Ryan Broyles coming back to go with Kenny Stills. Even James Hanna showed playmaking ability at tight end. They have a big strong offensive line. It’s scary to think what this offense can do. You love (former offensive coordinator) Kevin Wilson, but at the same time, I think there is enough cohesion on that offensive staff that I don’t think will slow them down. They averaged like 37 last year. I can’t imagine what they’re going to do to defenses this year with that up-tempo offense, which is tough enough to deal with. Then you throw in the experience and playmaking ability that I have. That side of the football I think will be dynamic.
Defensively, it’s been proven over the years that they always seem to put a defense out there that has a chance to win a championship. I think the challenge for them this year is to avoid those games where they had some lapses, which had to do with youth, giving up some big plays. I cannot wait for Sept. 17 for when they go to Tallahassee. I think that will be a huge game.
What do you think?