Oklahoma Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
Oklahoma will be right back in the thick of the national title hunt again.
No, Kyler Murray won’t be Baker Mayfield, but he’ll be fantastic, Rodney Anderson will be among the best running backs in the country, and the offense will keep on rolling. It might not be the unstoppable machine of last season, but it won’t have to be.
OU has a no-name defense, but there are a whole lot of very young, very good talents for what should once again be an underappreciated group. Throw in one of college football’s best all-around kickers in Austin Seibert, and with Lincoln Riley now in his second year as a head coach, nothing stops.
At the very least, Oklahoma has to get back to the Big 12 Championship, or it’ll be a clunker of a year. That’s not going to happen.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 10
The Big 12 isn’t as good as it was last year up top, but it has a whole lot of landmines to sidestep.
Remembering that it was Iowa State that tagged the Sooners in Norman, that crazy loss could come from almost anywhere. Assuming OU won’t have any problems with Florida Atlantic, UCLA or Army in non-conference play, where’s the problem?
Going to Iowa State shouldn’t be an issue, and handling Texas Tech on the road can’t be a problem. But Texas has the upside to pull off the rivalry win – as always – the road date at TCU is going to be nasty, Kansas State is terrific, Oklahoma State should be solid by mid-November, and going to West Virginia might be a massive issue.
But if the Sooners really and truly are national title-good, there’s no reason to expect anything less than 11-1 and another trip to the conference title game and the College Football Playoff spot on the line.