1. OKLAHOMA WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The Sooners are overdue to get over the hump.
They’ve had the coaching, they’ve had the talent, and they’ve had the schemes to go from being a College Football Playoff participant to finally getting back on the biggest stage for the first time since the 2008 season.
The offense will be more than fine with Jalen Hurts running it, and it’ll be more than fine if it’s hotshot recruit Spencer Rattler or redshirt freshman Tanner Mordecai under center, too.
The running backs are among the nation’s best, the receiving corps is among the nation’s best, and the line will be okay as long as it’s able to come together over the first few games.
The defense can’t and won’t be any worse. There’s too much experience, too much talent, and Alex Grinch is too good a defensive coordinator for there to be so many issues again.
The Sooners won’t quite be at the level of Alabama and Clemson, but it’ll be seated in the next table back, along with Georgia, Texas, Ohio State and Michigan. OU keeps on fielding great teams, and eventually the breaks will fall the right way.
But before dealing with a possible Big 12 Championship and trip to the College Football Playoff …
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 11
The opener against Dana Holgorsen’s Houston team will be a dangerous shootout, and going to UCLA won’t be a breeze, but come on – any team worthy of thinking about going to the CFP can’t worry about those two.
The Big 12 is solid. TCU is going to be far better, West Virginia will be dangerous, and Iowa State will be pesky again, but all three of those games are in Norman.
Beat Texas in Dallas, take down Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State on the road, and it’ll all set up nicely for another shot at the big prize.