How did USA TODAY Sports grade the Sooners 2023 season?

The 2023 campaign was a year of redemption for the Oklahoma Sooners. After a 6-7 season in 2022, the Sooners bounced back with a 10-3 season in 2023.

The Sooners got a massive win over their arch rival the Texas Longhorns but lost two games they shouldn’t have lost to the Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. You can argue the Arizona Wildcats as well but it was a bowl game with a bunch of new starters in a game that to me, doesn’t matter anyway.

But overall this year was a year fans wanted to see improvement and they got that on both sides of the ball. So, each year USA TODAY Sports gives each team a letter grade for their season. Now, keep in mind the grades are on a relative curve based on preseason expectations weighed against in-season performance, with attention to special circumstances such as injuries or marquee wins.

So, Oklahoma going 10-3 with their expectations isn’t the same as Arizona going 10-3 with their expectations. Ultimately, Paul Myerberg with USA TODAY Sports gave the Sooners a B+ for their season.

There were a lot of people who didn’t think they hired the right coach and they were going to turn into the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I mean this was a team that had one preseason All-Big 12 player on the team and he was selected to the second team. Instead, they finished with two who made All-American teams and six on the All-Big 12 team.

We knew coming in the Sooners needed to win 9 or 10 games in 2023. They did that. So, to me, I think they deserved at least an A- for that but with the teams they lost to I don’t have too big of a gripe with a B+ either.

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