Not even days after last season ended, the whispers began.
"You know, OU brings back a pretty good team next year. Maybe even the best team."
Did the Sooners deserve a No. 1 ranking in the preseason?
Months later, 60 coaches and 60 members of the media said yes, anointing Oklahoma as college football's team to beat heading into 2011.
But with a spring and summer to decide, the Sooners sat through plenty of discussion.
"At the end of the day, we always have a lot of hype around us. We really do," said coach Bob Stoops. "There’s always a ton of talk. That’s all it is, is talk."
But that talk served only as a backdrop for an eventful offseason full of highs and lows, an emotional grinder that no other program in college football endured.
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