Oklahoma Sooners 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Preview
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Another year, another season the Oklahoma Sooners are considered the favorites to win the Big 12 and compete for a national title. The Sooners have won double-digit games in eight of the last 10 seasons and hope they can live up to the lofty expectations once again.
Here is your 2016 Oklahoma Sooners college football preview.
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Offense: Oklahoma is led by one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Baker Mayfield. Last season, Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns while proving the Sooners can score with anybody and are never out of a game. The Sooners also have a two-headed monster at running back with Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, a duo that combined for more than 2,000 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns last season. The concerns offensively is that Oklahoma does have to replace two starters on the offensive line and wide receiver Dede Westbrook will need help on the outside. Still, Oklahoma has a Heisman candidate at QB and one of the best running back duos in the country.
Defense: Oklahoma lost a lot of experience and playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, so this unit will look a lot different than a year ago. Senior linebacker Jordan Evans will have to be the leader of this unit after finishing second on the team in tackles and producing four pass deflections. Charles Walker is now entering his third season and did finish with six sacks last year, while cornerback Jordan Thomas had five interceptions in his first full season as a starter. Ahmad Thomas is also a playmaking defensive back and Matt Dimon is an experienced defensive lineman who should be able to build off an impressive junior year. Oklahoma is replacing a lot of household names defensively, but as you can see, there’s still enough in place for this unit to get the job done and even make a case as the best defense in the Big 12.
Special Teams: Austin Seibert returns at punter after averaging 42 yards on 57 attempts. Seibert also returns at kicker after making 18 of 23 field goals and 70 of 72 extra points.
Outlook: This season is either national championship or bust for the Oklahoma Sooners, as has been the case for a while now. The Sooners have one of the more explosive offenses in college football and a physical defense that will continue to produce in the Big 12. Either the Sooners make the playoffs and compete for a title, or this season will be considered a failure. It’s that cut and dry.
|Sept. 3||at Houston||Houston (NRG Stadium)|
|Sept. 17||Ohio State||Norman|
|Oct. 1||at TCU||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Oct. 8||Texas||Dallas (Cotton Bowl)|
|Oct. 15||Kansas State||Norman|
|Oct. 22||at Texas Tech||Lubbock, Texas|
|Nov. 3||at Iowa State||Ames, Iowa|
|Nov. 19||at West Virginia||Morgantown, W. Va.|
|Dec. 3||Oklahoma State||Norman|