The Oklahoma Sooners haven’t gone undefeated coming into the Large 12 Championship recreation since 2004. Each season within the final 16 years the Sooners have had a slip-up both in non-conference (like Houston and Ohio State in 2016) or in Large 12 play that’s left them with a number of losses coming into the Large 12 Championship in seasons they have been in a position to make it.
As they put together for what might be a run at a seventh straight Large 12 Championship, the Faculty Soccer Playoff, and a nationwide championship, the Sooners should keep away from a regular-season slip up alongside the best way.
Ranked third within the USA TODAY AFCA Coaches Ballot with only a few weeks till their regular-season opener at Tulane, Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report puts the odds that the Sooners will enter the Big 12 championship without a blemish on their ledger at 9-2. A $100 guess on a 9-2 payout would get you $450.
The issue with placing any religion in Oklahoma to really pull off an undefeated season is its annoying propensity for dropping to unranked opponents.
The Sooners suffered two such losses early final season, together with a surprising residence loss to Kansas State which may make even much less sense now than it did on the time. In addition they misplaced at Kansas State in 2019 and misplaced a house recreation to Iowa State in 2017.
So whereas it’s tempting to say Oklahoma shouldn’t have any downside not less than carrying a 5-0 file into the showdown with Texas, these previous video games in opposition to West Virginia and Kansas State appear to have “Lucy holding the soccer for Charlie Brown” written throughout them. – Miller
The Sooners should work out a solution to keep away from a convention letdown. They should bounce again in opposition to a Kansas State group that they haven’t overwhelmed in two seasons. Iowa State appears to be like just like the Sooners hardest competitors for the Large 12 title. Texas must be good once more and the Purple River Shootout is all the time a troublesome matchup whatever the data.
Miller’s not alone in his skepticism. The nationwide observers appear to sit down round ready for the Sooners to have a letdown in opposition to a Large 12 squad. That is nearly as good a squad as Lincoln Riley’s had in his tenure with the Oklahoma Sooners and OU must reap the benefits of it. The time is now to make a run and that begins with a clear regular-season file.
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