OU's preseason FPI ranking is #3 in the nation. CBS ranks Spencer Rattler the #3 ranked likely HTC winner. Now, having gotten the usual spring hype out of the way, I think OU is just like a lot of teams going into a new season. We lost 3 quality starters on D, 2 of whom will go in the first 2 rounds of the draft. We do get 8 starters returning and a couple of former starters back who were injured early last year. Our D was dramatically improved last year and with a year of experience in the new scheme most expect it to continue to improve. There is also a question about the early season eligibility of arguably our best returning D starter who may be facing a 5 game suspension. Offensively, we are loaded, even with the recent portal entry of RB Trey Sermon. We lose Lamb and TE Calcaterra ( ended career due to concussions ) but beyond that everyone back. Rattler, assuming he beats out Mordecai, is unproven but he got into 3 games as a freshman and he is extremely talented and he has a true QB Whisperer as his coach. When he takes the field vs the VOLS he will do so in a very similar situation as Mayfield in 2015...one game under his belt before the VOl game although, of course, Baker had an previous experience at TT.