HERMAN HICKMAN SAYS:
Bud's Oklahoma teams have won the Big Seven title six years in a row, have never lost to a conference team and have ranked in the top 10 in the nation every year during that period. This year will be no exception. There have been heavy line losses, but Line Coach Gomer Jones has the happy faculty of replacing them. He has produced nine All-Americans in the past seven seasons. Center Kurt Burris may be the finest center in college football this fall. Max Boydston and Carl Allison, who made Notre Dame's All-Opponents team two years in a row, are All-American caliber. Gene Calame at quarterback is considered by many as the most complete back playing college football today. Oklahoma is a notoriously slow starting team. They must speed up the tempo to get by much-heralded California in their opener on Sept. 18. This game means much to the prestige of Pacific Coast football. California has the incentive and the equipment to win it, but don't sell Oklahoma short. They may start fast. Get them past Texas on Oct. 9 and they may go clean.
BASIC FORMATION: T.
LETTERMEN RETURNING: 13; STARS: Dicky Moegle, H; Kenny Paul, G; Marshall Crawford, E; Mac Taylor, H; Morris Stone, H.
LETTERMEN LOST: 16
LEADING SOPHOMORE CANDIDATES: John Held, E; James Peters, E; Jack Throckmorton, F; Phil Harris, Q.
1953 RECORD: Won 8, Lost 2. Co-Champions Southwest Conference. Beat Alabama in Cotton Bowl, 28-6.