Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Oklahoma Sooners Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

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Oklahoma Sooners Season Prediction, What Will Happen

It’s just about the same sort of situation as it was last year in the Big 12.

The expansion hasn’t kicked in yet, everyone appears to be improved/hopeful/better, Baylor and Oklahoma State are dangerous, and Texas is once again going to be “back.”

The Big 12 isn’t going anywhere yet. It’s still there for the taking.

Here’s the thing to remember about how everything went down last year in what might have seemed like a major disappointment – even though 11-2 with an Alamo Bowl win is hardly anything to blow off …

Oklahoma – as flawed as it might have been – was way close to being in the College Football Playoff.

It struggled and sputtered throughout the season and yet it was still a tough loss to Oklahoma State and an impressive regular-season-loss-avenging-win performance over Baylor in the Big 12 Championship from probably booting out Cincinnati.

Oh sure, it would’ve been a total annihilation against Alabama in the CFP, but at the very least the Sooners weren’t that far away.

Now, for the future under Brent Venables, there has to be a distinction between making the College Football Playoff and actually being one of the four best teams in the thing, but for now …

Yeah, win the Big 12, get to the CFP, and don’t worry about what happens from there.

Set The Oklahoma Sooners Regular Season Win Total At … 10

Expect a whole lot of gloom-and-doom prognostications early on, and yeah it stinks that a whole slew of parts up and left, but it’s not like Ohio State, or Georgia, or Bama are on the slate.

If you can’t win at Nebraska, Oklahoma, then fine, it’s a reboot year and the big dreams wait until 2023.

But this team should have a good enough starting 22 to win that. Two of the toughest games – Oklahoma State and Baylor – are in Norman and TCU, rebuilding Iowa State, West Virginia, and Texas Tech isn’t that bad a Big 12 road slate.

There’s definitely going to be a loss somewhere, and go ahead and budget in two. This really is an even Big 12 after Kansas – no, that’s not going to be a problem this time around – with nine of the ten teams good enough to at least go bowling.

But don’t get too crazy here. There’s a better chance of Oklahoma rising back up and being 11-1 Big 12 Championship-good than it does of being in a 7-5 rebuild mode.

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