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 said he would come back to Oklahoma to win a national championship and a Heisman Trophy. Neither of those things will happen, but the senior said there's "no better way to go out" than beating Oklahoma State in his last home game.
In the history of OU football, few have had to weather the criticism Landry Jones has faced. The only player in the Bob Stoops era who can understand what Jones has gone through is former OU quarterback Nate Hybl.
Oklahoma began the 2011 season with expectations of contending for an eighth national championship. Instead, the Sooners are in danger of finishing with the lowest AP ranking of a preseason No. 1 in the history of the poll.
After a fourth consecutive season without seriously contending for a national title past October, it's time to ask this question -- can OU contend for national titles going forward the way the team's currently constructed?