“Preseason hype means nothing because at the end of the day we have to go out there and play on Saturdays,” said senior defensive back Julian Wilson.
Oklahoma’s 2014 schedule should be manageable; the Sooners get defending Big 12 champion Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State at home. The annual Red River Rivalry game in Dallas against Texas is never a gimme, and a mid-November trip to Texas Tech could prove tricky; the Sooners have lost three of their last four games in Lubbock.
For most of the past several seasons, OU’s offense has been its strength with record-setting quarterbacks like Sam Bradford and Landry Jones. The Sooners are hoping they have their next great signal caller in Knight, although he’s got few experienced playmakers to work with as the season begins.
The true strength of this Sooner team — at least as the season begins — appears to be the defense, and the defensive front seven in particular. Budding stars like Eric Striker, Charles Tapper, Jordan Phillips, Geneo Grissom and Dominique Alexander could have banner years.
“We’ve got a lot of really good players up there that have made really great gains,” Bob Stoops said. “Every one of them is bigger, stronger than they were a year ago and that should help us.”