While the Oklahoma Sooners might be considered the favorites to win the Big 12 by many publications, there are still those who are uncertain about what will come from Oklahoma after all of the turnover in the coaching staff and on the roster. Turnover happens across the country, but it’s understandable why some may have doubts about Oklahoma’s ability to rebound after a disappointing 2021 season.
They lost 11 players to the NFL and a host of others to the transfer portal. They worked diligently to mitigate the losses by attacking the transfer portal themselves. They filled needs and found several starters through the portal that will have them contending once again for the Big 12 title.
However, over at College Football News, they’re not believers quite yet in what Oklahoma is going to be able to do in Brent Venable’ first season as head coach. They’ve got the Sooners making a return trip to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl in 2022. And they’ll face a team that many Sooners fans hope will be the thorn in Lincoln Riley’s side this season, the Utah Utes.
With the Sooners in the Alamo Bowl, that means they didn’t win the Big 12, and according to College Football News’ projections, it’s the Oklahoma State Cowboys who take the conference and end up in the All-State Sugar Bowl where they’ll take on the Georgia Bulldogs.
The four teams that make the College Football Playoff according to CFN are the Alabama Crimson Tide who would take on the USC Trojans (a familiar site for Lincoln Riley), and the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Clemson Tigers. And it’s Alabama and Ohio State, the two schools with the frontrunners for the Heisman meeting in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Oklahoma may not end up in the College Football Playoff but it’s hard to imagine the Sooners missing a New Year’s Six bowl for a second-straight season.
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