Sooner 4OU Commentary: Even though this season just ended in dissapointment with the blowout loss to Texas A&M, it is never too early to see where the so-called professional sports journalists have OU placed nationally next year. So, OU checks in at No. 17 in Mark Schlabach's early 2013 Top 25. Probably about right given how the three losses played out. Hopefully, Stoops can make some changes and get OU back on track. Scrapping the spread offense coupled with a nasty defense would be a nice start. Boomer!
Article Excerpt: 17. Oklahoma Sooners: The Landry Jones era at OU ended with a thud in the Sooners' ugly loss to the Aggies at the Cotton Bowl. Now coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel will begin the task of replacing Jones, a record-setting quarterback, who threw for 4,267 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this past season. Sophomore Blake Bell, affectionately known as the Belldozer because of his 6-foot-6, 254-pound frame, is the favorite to win the starting job, but he'll have to hold off junior Drew Allen and freshmen Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson. The Sooners also will have to rebuild their defensive line and replace a couple of starters in the secondary. Even after former Arizona coach Mike Stoops took over the defense, it still struggled against high-powered offenses in the Big 12. The Sooners will play some difficult away games next season, with contests at Notre Dame, Kansas State and Oklahoma State, along with their annual showdown against Texas in Dallas.