Preview 2018: Oklahoma Sooners. What Needs Fixing To Win It All?

Preview 2018: Oklahoma Sooners. What Needs Fixing To Win It All?

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Preview 2018: Oklahoma Sooners. What Needs Fixing To Win It All?

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What You Need To Know About The Oklahoma Offense

– No, seriously. How do you possibly follow up that. Of course, it’s Oklahoma, and of course the production will be there, but thanks to a historic season from Baker Mayfield, the Sooners led the nation in total offense and passing efficiency, and were third in scoring. There will be a drop off, and five starters are gone, but the machine will keep on rolling. It’ll just be different.

– Kyler Murray is a fantastic baseball player, and he was just as big a recruit for Texas A&M. Now it’s his time to add something different to the Oklahoma offense – assuming he really does beat out the solid-passing Austin Kendall for the right to replace Mayfield. Forget about Murray being the same sort of passer that Mayfield was, but with his wheels, he’ll add a speed element to the attack.

TE Mark Andrews might be gone, leading receiver Marquise Brown returns along with enough young wideout talent to keep stretching the field. Mykel Jones is a dangerous option, and CeeDee Lamb was fantastic as a freshman, finishing third on the team with 46 grabs and averaging over 17 yards per grab.

– Murray will be the team’s most dangerous runner, but Rodney Anderson is one of the nation’s best running backs – leading the team with 1,161 yards and 13 scores – and Trey Sermon is a terrific second option averaging over six yards per carry. The ground attack will be loaded and explosive, and the blocking will be there to make it all go.

Orlando Brown is gone at one tackle, but Ben Powers is one of the Big 12’s best guards, Bobby Evans is an all-star tackle, and Dru Samia is a versatile option and an All-Big 12-caliber piece of the puzzle.

Biggest Key To The Oklahoma Offense

Let the running game do the work. Lost a bit in all of the amazement from what Mayfield did week-in-and-week-out was a ground attack that led the Big 12 with 217 yards per game. Anderson can be a 20-carry back every game, and Murray – assuming he’s the guy – will hit around 500 yards. The O can win by ripping off 250 yards per game on the ground and controlling the clock … again. Oklahoma led the Big 12 in time of possession, too.

The line will be great, the backfield will be deep, and the running attack that cranked up over 3,000 yards can do even more. There won’t be any need to force the passing game, and there’s no way to repeat what happened last year – there’s no reason to try.

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