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The Sooners haven't been their usual dominant selves the last few seasons, but when you consider 11-2 a “downer” you must still be pretty good.

But “pretty good” isn't enough for this program; conference titles and national championships are the goals. And led by a top-tier defense Oklahoma should be right in the running for both this season. The Sooners hope to get a full healthy season from sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight, and they still might run some Belldozer. Either way, they'll be a handful.

Oklahoma Odds to Win Big 12: 2/3 at Bovada
Oklahoma Odds to Win College Football Championship: 9/1 at Bovada
Oklahoma Regular Season Win Total: 10.5 at Bovada
Oklahoma Betting Props: Trevor Knight to Win Heisman 16/1 at Bovada

Oklahoma started 5-0 last year, with wins over West Virginia, Notre Dame and TCU, but then got upset by Texas in the Red River Shootout. Three weeks later the Sooners got punked by Baylor to drop out of the national championship picture. But Oklahoma recovered enough to beat Kansas State, after which it  spoiled Oklahoma State's big dreams in the Bedlam game. The Sooners then pulled off another surprise, beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl outright as two-touchdown underdogs to finish at 11-2 SU, 8-5 ATS.

This year the Sooners only return five starters on offense but nine on defense. Knight, after a wonderful performance in that Sugar Bowl victory, re-claims the QB spot from Blake Bell, who's moving to tight end, and three starters are back on the offensive line. And that Oklahoma defense, which ranked second in the conference last year in both points and yards allowed, should be even better.

The Sooners' toughest road game this year is probably the trip to TCU, and they get Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State all in Norman. They also won't have to play in a conference championship game, should they get that far. Barring unforeseen circumstances Oklahoma should be favored in every game this season. A Big 12 conference title should be plenty of cred to earn a spot in the college football playoff.

Big 12 Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 5

Oklahoma 2/3
Baylor 11/4
Texas 15/2
Kansas State 10/1
Oklahoma State 10/1
TCU 14/1
Texas Tech 20/1
West Virginia 66/1
Iowa State 100/1
Kansas 100/1

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With a 10-3 SU and 6-7 ATS season last year, the Oklahoma Sooners earned a share of the Big 12 title with Kansas State. The Landry Jones era comes to an end in Oklahoma, but one of the nation’s most consistent programs should find a way to stay competitive for the division title again.

Odds to Win Big 12: +390 at 5Dimes
Regular Season Win Total: 8.5 at Bovada

Just about every year for the past seven years, the Oklahoma Sooners have entered the regular season with National Championship hype, and each year they’ve lost a game or two that leaves people feeling like they underperformed. But despite that fact, Oklahoma has continued to be a consistent winner, winning at least 10 games in six of the last seven years with a 74-21 SU record over that stretch.

For the first time since 2008, Landry Jones will not be starting at quarterback for Oklahoma. The Sooners have a few interesting options to replace him. Junior Blake Bell, known by Sooners fans as the “Belldozer”, has racked up 24 rushing touchdowns in a season and a half as a goal-line power rusher. He wasn’t used in passing situations with Jones at the helm, but his big frame comes with a big arm. Sophomore Kendel Thompson is a good passer with very quick feet. Regardless of who takes over under center full time, the position will add a rushing element that it lacked under Landry Jones.

The biggest issue on defense for Oklahoma last season was getting behind the line as the Sooners finished ninth in the Big 12 against the run and last in tackles for loss. The talent is here and the secondary is excellent, but Oklahoma will need to create more pressure to avoid last season’s blowups. Better play from the defense would be key to a Big 12 title for this team.

As a result of the team’s issues on defense and big numbers on offense, the Sooners were 7-2 on the OVER in conference play last year. That trend could continue in 2013.

Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 10

Oklahoma State +260
Texas +295
Oklahoma +390
TCU +395
Baylor +1500
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500
Kansas +10000