The Sooners must maintain good chemistry among the group, and they also must bust out of the gates firing on all cylinders.
Any turnover from last year's national championship game would be disastrous, but the most important must-have is that the Sooners don't have to battle the injuries they did a year ago.
OU was plagued with injuries every week of the season and can't afford to have that happen again.
Now, here's the second part of the two-part series, and it features the three miscellaneous things the Sooners must avoid in order to attain all their goals.
3. Tripping up to lesser foe:
There are plenty of upset caliber teams on the schedule, and they can't wait to see the Sooners roll into town or come to Norman for a potential shocker. Although the Sooners lost to a great Texas team a year ago and managed to still win the conference, they can't afford to lose a worse team this year and expect the same kind of luck. After the ridiculous three-way tie last season, expect one team to control its own destiny. And if the Sooners should fall to a lesser foe, it won't be them.
2. Becoming too one:
dimensional—Having a two-dimensional game will be more important than ever this year. And why shouldn't it be? The Sooners are stacked at the ground game with running backs DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown, and they can pass it all over the field with returning Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Sam Bradford. OU must use every weapon it has in order to keep defenses off balance because if the Sooners go away from their running game and simply have Bradford in the pocket, defenses will get to him and hammer him. And if the Sooners should for some reason abandon the passing game, the running game won't have any success. There will be improved defenses in the conference this year, and a one-dimensional personality will only help them out.
After last year, we think it's so important the Sooners avoid injuries that we had an "injury-free season" as the No. 1 miscellaneous thing the Sooners must have. So, why then, shouldn't injuries be the No. 1 thing the Sooners must avoid? Face it, everyone knows this team is stacked prior to any kind of injuries it may suffer. But a couple major ones turns a stacked team into a team that's slightly better than average. Hopefully, for the Sooners' sake, it doesn't happen to them.