The PFF’s favorite to win a national championship?
As the 2021 college football season quickly approaches, relentless evaluations begin on which teams will occupy the top of the pecking order. Which teams should be heavyweights in the CFB playoff race? Many high profile programs are the usual contenders, including Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. PFF released their analyst predictions for the 2021 national championship winner. The Sooners were the favorites. Two of the four experts chose Crimson and Cream.
2021 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?
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Mike Renner and Anthony Treash joined the Oklahoma hype in 2021. Austin Gayle chose Clemson and Seth Galina went with Miami. Surprisingly, none chose Alabama, the reigning national champions who have won six titles since 2009.
The caller is an important factor. Every other major program in the college football landscape has lost their starting quarterback in the NFL Draft. They are now in a development phase and Oklahoma will see the return of Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler. The Sooners have the ability to be one of the best offensives in the country.
They have a talent-filled waiting room with Eric Gray, Kennedy Brooks and Marcus Major to kick off the team’s game-action attack. The OU staple – guard / tackle counter traction will only speed up rusher production. Plus, they have a large receiver corps loaded with Marvin Mims, Mario Williams, Drake Stoops, Theo Wease, and Jadon Haselwood. That doesn’t even include Rattler’s favorite mismatch target, tight end Austin Stogner and defenseman H Jeremiah Hall.
Rattler threw for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, completing 214 of 317 passes while rushing for 160 yards and six rushing touchdowns. He led OU to his sixth consecutive Big 12 crown and achieved a passing score of 91.3 when the structure was created in 2020, according to PFF metrics. Rattler dazzled the grill with narrow window precision, quick release, and unconventional throws. As Lincoln Riley’s latest prodigy, the sky is the limit for No.7 in 2021.
On the defensive end of the ball, Alex Grinch dramatically improved the defensive unit with an emphasis on take-out and physique. The defensive line sets the tone in the trenches with Nik Bonitto anchoring the group. Bonitto topped all of the FBS edge defenders in terms of passing score (93.6), passing win rate (28%) and generated pressure rate (25.7%) in 2020 according to PFF. With the explosiveness of the OU’s offensive, the defense often goes unnoticed. However, in 2021 the defense will work to balance Riley’s offense. The Sooners are ready for fame. Now is the time for the coveted championship.