Returning starters/letterwinners: 19/39
Key losses: RB Kendall Hunter, LB Orie Lemon, CB Andrew McGee.
Key returnees: WR Justin Blackmon (111 catches for 1,782 yards, 20 touchdowns), QB Brandon Weeden (4,277 passing yards, 34 TDs), SS Markelle Martin (24 career starts).
Best game: Nov. 26 vs. Oklahoma, Boone Pickens Stadium
Projected finish: 12-1
Outlook: The Cowboys averaged 44.2 points a game last season (third best in the nation) on the way to winning a school-record 11 games, and there's no reason to believe they won't have one of the most prolific scoring offenses again this fall with All-America receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon and All-Big 12 quarterback Brandon Weeden returning. Strong safety Markelle Martin, cornerback Brodrick Brown and Big 12 co-defensive freshman of the year Shaun Lewis at linebacker will lead an improved defense.