Utah State→Top offensive returnee: Running back Robert Turbin, who ran for almost 1,300 yards and 13 TDs and averaged 6.3 yards a carry as a sophomore last season. Turbin, however, will be entering 2010 coming off a torn ACL. →Top defensive returnee: Outside linebacker Bobby Wagner, who comes back after leading the Aggies with 114 tackles, including seven for loss, last season. Wagner anchors a veteran and experienced front seven. →Early breakdown: Like most WAC schools, Utah State is not short of offensive firepower, and the Aggies are better than they were in 2007 when they were blasted 54-3 by the Sooners. But physically, Utah State will struggle to match up with OU.
Florida State→Top offensive returnee: Quarterback Christian Ponder, who threw for 2,717 yards and 14 TDs last season despite missing the final four games with a shoulder injury. Turnovers have plagued the Colleyville, Texas, native, but Ponder is plenty talented and capable of big plays with his arm and his feet. →Top defensive returnee: Linebacker Nigel Bradham, who had 93 tackles last season, hopes to lead the defense back to respectability. →Early breakdown: The Seminoles boast enough talent to make a run at the ACC title, and are capable of knocking off the Sooners in Norman. But whether FSU comes close to achieving either hinges heavily on whether first-year defensive coordinator Mark Stoops (brother of OU coach Bob Stoops) can revive a defense that was last in the ACC last year.
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OU's 2010 football scheduleSept. 4: Utah State (2009 record: 4-8) Sept. 11: Florida State (7-6) Sept. 18: Air Force (8-5) Sept. 25: Cincinnati (12-1) Oct. 2: Texas (13-1) Oct 16: Iowa State (7-6) Oct. 23: at Missouri (8-5) Oct. 30: Colorado (3-9) Nov. 6: at Texas A&M (6-7) Nov. 13: Texas Tech (9-4) Nov. 20: at Baylor (4-8) Nov. 27: at Oklahoma State (9-4)