OU will go into 2013 without its record-setting quarterback, two of its best receivers and several of its best defenders off a defense that was a disaster anyway the second half of the season. The schedule will be unforgiving, as well.
Landry Jones has most of Oklahoma's career passing records. And thanks to his final drive in Saturday's win over West Virginia, the senior has his first-ever, come-from-behind, late-game-winning drive.
In the Sooners' losses to Kansas State and Notre Dame, OU scored touchdowns on just three of nine red zone possessions (33.3 percent). In its five wins, it scored touchdowns on 23 of 28 red zone possessions (82.1 percent).
After half-a-dozen appeals, the NCAA finally -- and suddenly -- granted Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders eligibility to play this season, giving the Sooners another dynamic receiving option just in time for the Red River Rivalry.
This was not supposed to be the same Oklahoma Sooners offense that fell apart without Ryan Broyles late in 2011. Turned out, the Sooners still have a ways to go, as evidenced by the poor showing against UTEP.