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.
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.
In a matter of weeks, defensive back Zack Sanchez went from Baylor commitment to OU signee. And defensive coordinator Mike Stoops is the main reason why the versatile defensive back will wear crimson and cream in 2012.