Despite the College Football Playoff only being around for four short years, the Oklahoma Sooners have been involved on two occasions, both which resulted in losses in the semifinals. Last year’s loss to Georgia in double-overtime was an instant classic and will undoubtedly be hailed as one of the greatest postseason games in college football history. This season, however, should look much different.
The Sooners find themselves moving into a new era without their Heisman-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is now playing in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, and while Kyler Murray is a talented athlete, filling Mayfield’s shoes is an unrealistic possibility. That would be an unfair expectation of Murray anyway.
Oklahoma does have a wide array of talent across offensive skill positions, and the Sooner defense could be one of their best units in years, but this season they have bigger issues to worry about.
Looking at Oklahoma’s schedule along with other potential playoff teams across the nation, the Sooners have a challenging road ahead. In week 3, the Sooners will travel to Ames, Iowa for what will be an interest rematch with Iowa State after the Cyclones ruined Oklahoma’s chance at a perfect season with a 38-31 win in Norman.
In week 6, Oklahoma travels to the Cotton Bowl to take on Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry, and while the Longhorns are most definitely not “back” yet, the game is rarely an easy win. The following week the Sooners head to Fort Worth to take on Texas Christian, who should be considered a dark horse to win the Big 12 this year.
On November 10th, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will head to Norman for Bedlam, and in the final game of the regular season, the Sooners will head to Morgantown to take on West Virginia in what could be the eventual matchup for the Big 12 Championship.
Take all of these games into consideration along with all the other teams vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff, and I think it’s safe to say that Oklahoma will most likely be on the outside looking in come Selection Day.