The Sooners’ path to the playoffs according to ESPN
Turnover. It was not Oklahoma that the selection committee knew. Coach Lincoln Riley left for USC, and quarterbacks Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler were both traded, along with several other talented offensive players. –Dinich, ESPN
Yeah, we get it, the Sooners lost a bunch of players. The good news is that they already had talented players in-house who will burst in 2022. Dillon Gabriel replaces the quarterbacks, who, while talented, have had their own struggles in 2021. As does the offensive caller, who has struggled against good defenses in the program last season; Nebraska, West Virginia, Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma State,
The Sooners offense may not have the star power it had a year ago, but that doesn’t mean it will be any worse. They’re returning three of their five starters along the offensive line, and McKade Mettauer thinks he’ll be an impact player from day one after his transfer from Cal.
Defensively, the Sooners also have some turnover to overcome. But the two teams that were vying for the Big 12 title last season are also experiencing their own big turnovers. Baylor and Oklahoma State have lost significant chunks of their rosters, so OU isn’t alone on that front.