1. College Football News Preview 2020: Oklahoma Sooners Win Total Prediction, What Will Happen
Oklahoma’s one big flaw is that it hasn’t quite been able to be as good as Clemson and Alabama in the College Football Playoff era.
It was on the wrong side of an epic CFP Rose Bowl against Georgia three seasons ago, it didn’t have enough defense in the CFP Orange Bowl at the end of the 2018 season, and it had the unfortunate luck of being on the business end of the epic 2019 LSU team that took college football greatness to a whole other level.
But under Lincoln Riley the program has won three straight Big 12 titles and made it to three straight College Football Playoffs. This year’s team should keep knocking on that door.
The defense improved enough last year under coordinator Alex Grinch to be a positive, and the offense continues to be among the most explosive in the history of the sport, but there were knocks on last year’s team.
It became a bit too reliant on Jalen Hurts, it took too much work to put away Baylor twice, and the team got away with too many nail-biters against teams like Iowa State and TCU.
And then it won another Big 12 Championship on the way to another College Football Playoff.
It’s the NCAA basketball tournament theory – all you can reasonably ask for out of a program and a coach is to keep cranking out great team after great team, and eventually the break will come.
Between going 0-4 in College Football Playoff games, and closing out the 2008, 2004, and 2003 seasons with national championship losses, it’s been a long, long time since the program won one of the really big ones – a slew of the current players weren’t even alive when OU won the 2000 national title.
Set The Oklahoma Sooners Regular Season Win Total At … 8.5
As long as there aren’t a slew of big injuries to key skill parts, this should still be the best team in the Big 12 and should once again be right there in the mix for a conference championship and a fourth straight CFP appearance.
Texas is more dangerous than last year, but that’s – as always – in Dallas. Oklahoma State is scary, but that’s a few miles down the road in Norman. Road games at Iowa State, West Virginia, TCU and Texas Tech are landmines, but they’re nothing this program isn’t used to and shouldn’t be able to handle.
The coaching is peerless, the team is loaded with veterans, and the talent is all there to push that rock up the mountain again.