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Gene Menez
August 21, 2006
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August 21, 2006

14 Oklahoma

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Boasting arguably the nation's best defense and inarguably the nation's best running back in Adrian Peterson, the Sooners were viewed as national title contenders with Bomar, who set an Oklahoma freshman record for passing yards and had developed into a steady quarterback by year's end. Now, with the inexperienced Thompson (73 career passes at OU) and a line that was a major concern even before Quinn's dismissal, Oklahoma's getting to the BCS title game will be much tougher.

Wilson had planned to step up the passing game, adding more play-action, throws downfield and opportunities for Peterson (only 14 catches in two seasons). While the absence of Bomar and his big arm will force some tweaking, Wilson has faith that Thompson will make the Sooners' offense work. "I don't think it's a stretch when we say we're very confident he'll play really well," Wilson says. "He has a tremendous supporting cast around him."

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