Oklahoma Sooners ‘on verge of breakout season’ in 2023 per 247Sports

It’s no secret that by the standards at the University of Oklahoma, last season was not acceptable.

The Sooners began the 2022 season strong starting 3-0, but it soon turned downhill as they finished 6-7, including 3-6 in Big 12 play. This was the first time the Sooners finished below .500 since 1998.

It felt like the season hit rock bottom with back-to-back blowouts against TCU and Texas. The Red River Blowout was especially a gut punch as the Oklahoma offense had little answer without Dillon Gabriel.

That’s left many wondering nationally if the Sooners have their guy in Brent Venables.

Venables and staff tried to help silence the critics this offseason. After an impressive recruiting class and filling some key needs in the transfer portal, 247Sports believes they are a team to watch out for in the 2023 season.

Things were looking rough in Norman to start the season. The Sooners began the season 3-0 but quickly hit the .500 mark after a losing streak that saw their defense get torched repeatedly. It felt like things hit rock bottom when Oklahoma fell, 49-0, to Texas. But the Sooners won their next two games. And while it wasn’t an ideal season, Oklahoma salvaged things with a beatdown of Oklahoma State in Bedlam and reached a bowl game. Quarterback Dillon Gabriel will be back with the Sooners in 2023 and a top-10 transfer portal class joins him. – Raymond Lucas, Jr., Inside MD Sports

Oklahoma was joined on that list by Texas, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Iowa, and Maryland.

There’s no question this needs to be the year fans see progress before the Sooners head into the toughest conference in America in 2024.

With the additions and with a fairly easy schedule, on paper, the Sooners should win at least nine games, barring injuries.

If they don’t, the heat on Venables’ seat will start to increase, as well as the chatter nationally on if he’s the future of the program.

In the end, Sooners fans hope those at 247Sports are right and they will see the Oklahoma team they’ve grown accustomed to seeing. They would love nothing more than to leave a conference they’ve dominated for nearly 30 years as champions.

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