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OU and OSU Look Forward to 2015

What a difference a year makes. Last July, Oklahoma entered BIG 12 Media Days in Dallas as the favorite to win the conference. This time around they're pegged third, the lowest they've been picked since the conference moved to ten teams.

“You know after last season finishing, you know, just overall having a disappointing year when your use to, I think 12 of the previous 14 years we had ten or more wins. You go 8-5 it's not up to our standards and our expectations as a program for sure," OU coach Bob Stoops said.

Nobody embodies the Sooners’ rapid fall from grace more than quarterback Trevor Knight. A year ago, Knight was fresh off an incredible Sugar Bowl performance and was even receiving some Heisman buzz. 12 months later, he's locked in a battle for his job along with Baker Mayfield and Cody Thomas.
“Obviously if I said it didn't affected me at all, I'd be lying just because if you're a solid guy, it's a different spot to be in than a competition," Knight said. "But, as far as day-to-day things go, not real different. I'm still trying to go out there and be the best player I can be every single day. Going to work. Trying to lead my teammates. You know, make a good impact for this program. That's what I'm trying to do."

Oklahoma State's quarterback position is much more settled. Mason Rudolph took over the reigns for the final three games of his freshman season and led the Cowboys to a 2-1 record including a Bedlam win and a bowl victory. He's taken that momentum and built on it this offseason.

“For his confidence I think it's huge. For the team's confidence it might be even bigger," said OSU senior receiver David Glidden. "The fact that he's got a whole another spring in, stayed healthy, had a great spring at that, and really developed himself into a leader on the field. That's really the guy I'd say you want leading the charge on your team. The guy that's going to have the ball in his hands every single play."

In addition to Rudolph, the Cowboys return plenty of talent at the receiver position and up front on the offensive line. The one big question mark is at running back following the graduation of Desmond Roland and the departure of Tyreek Hill. The Pokes are counting on junior Rennie Childs and junior college transfer Chris Carson to pick up the slack.

“We thought Rennie Childs had a good spring and has had a great summer. And I think Chris has contributed to that," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "When we've success at Oklahoma State, not only in the win loss column, but on offense, we've had a lead back and then we've had another back that's been pretty good. And so, we need those guys to really play well for us and hopefully Chris can come through."

The Cowboys were picked to finish 4th in the preseason poll, one spot behind the rival Sooners. Both teams will kick off fall practice in a couple of weeks.
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