Sooner4OU Commentary: The upcoming Cotton Bowl game and 2013 off-season will be very defining for a program that is missing expectations and self-admittedly slumping in some areas. The defense must improve and a suitable quarterback with a revised offensive approach would be a strong start. This off-season will really determine how next season turns out, more than in other seasons. Will the Sooners be a national title contender, a Big12 title contender or slip back in the pack as others make their way to the front as K-State did this year. What do you think?
Article Excerpt: The Oklahoma Sooners offseason is just around the corner and there will be plenty of storylines to watch for after they finish their season at the Cotton Bowlon Jan. 4.
The Sooners are completing their 14th season under Bob Stoops who is now 149-36 at the school. Stoops has led his program to Big 12 and national championship games, but knows that his job never stops.
The offseason is where it all starts.
Recruiting, practice, spring games and more recruiting.
Stoops will have plenty to do this offseason after his program failed to make the BCS in 2012. He loses his starting quarterback, most of his defensive line and has room to make up on the recruiting front.
There is nearly a month until Oklahoma plays Texas A&M and Stoops still has a heavy agenda for the 2013 offseason. He has to balance his team's practice schedule while concentrating on his offseason plans.
Here are five storylines to watch for as the Sooners head into the 2013 offseason.