The college football playoff has officially come to an end and a champion has been crowned. Dominating Big 12 play over the past several years, the Sooner have posted a 33-3 record in conference play and stand 46-8 overall. However, Oklahoma has failed to overcome the hurdle that is the semi-final of the college football playoff. Regardless of the shortcoming, the committee as well as the pollsters continue to reward the program for the product on the field.
After suffering a 45-34 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide the conclude the season, the Sooners find themselves sitting inside the top five of the final rankings for a fifth consecutive year. It’s simply another accolade to add to a growing list of accomplishments.
In his first season as the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners, Lincoln Riley finished the year holding the No. 3 ranking. Now a year later, the coach finds himself with the No. 4 ranking in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll. It’s a testament to the level of talent on the roster as well as the recruiting prowess the staff possesses.
Looking ahead, Oklahoma once again claimed a top five recruiting class. However, changes are in store as Alex Grinch takes over the role of defensive coordinator. Assuming improvements are made on that side of the ball, the Sooners could make an exponential leap forward. Will it lead to a national championship sooner rather than later?