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.
Limiting LSU's success on the ground is Florida's top priority on defense and getting linebacker Jelani Jenkins back - provided he's cleared to play with a cast on his fractured right thumb - will help.
When Oklahoma's new Big 12 schedule first came out, most everyone pointed to a rigid November stretch. But in reality, the three-game stretch that will determine whether the Sooners are contenders or pretenders begins this weekend.