There were plenty of people counting Oklahoma out back in September but as November narrows down to its final week the Sooners are very much back in the hunt for the Big 12 championship. Not only is Oklahoma back in the hunt, the 14th ranked Sooners are sitting in the driver’s seat to punch a ticket to Dallas next month.
A 41-13 Bedlam blowout victory served notice on Saturday night Oklahoma hasn’t gone anywhere and they certainly aren’t shying away from a potential rematch with Iowa for the conference crown. The Sooners and Cyclones are the two best teams in the Big 12 right now and are currently on a collision course to hook up at AT&T Stadium in the Big 12 Championship Game.
After digging themselves into an 0-2 hole to start conference play, the Sooners are now back in control of their own destiny. Win at West Virginia next weekend and close out the season with a home win over Baylor and the deed is done. That’s how important Bedlam was, as well as Iowa State’s win over Kansas State.
With the dust settled from Week 12, Oklahoma currently sits tied with Texas and Oklahoma State with two conference losses but owns tie-breaking wins over both. The Longhorns still have a say in this though. They’ll host Iowa State next weekend and a win over the Cyclones would put them back in control of their own destiny. That said, the biggest takeaway here for the Sooners is win and you’re in!
Riley’s Biggest Recruiting Challenge Of The Year Starts Now!
According to 247Sports, Oklahoma is currently sitting the the top recruiting class in the Big 12 and the #12 class nationally. Lincoln Riley has 15 players committed to his program right now, with more to come, but his biggest recruiting challenge is going to be convincing two stars to stay in Norman one more year.
Ronnie Perkins and Rhamondre Stevenson have drastically changed the dynamic of this team. Stevenson was the pace setter on Saturday night with a game-high 141 rushing yards. He also caught three passes for 54 yards to put him just 5 yards shy of 200 all-purpose yards. Perkins continued his assault on opposing offenses with 5 total tackles, three for loss, including two sacks.
Both guys are NFL ready but both could also be first round locks should the come back for one more season.
Rattler Should Be The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Granted there’s not a lot of competition this week but even in a full slate you have to think Rattler would get the nod. With 301 yards he became the first quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards against Oklahoma State’s defense. He also accounted for five touchdowns, throwing for four and running for another. He became the 4th Oklahoma player over the last 20 years with 4 pass TD and 1 rush TD in a game, joining Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield and Sam Bradford.
Mikey Henderson Is Going To Be Fun!
With 81 all-purpose yards and a touchdown on just six touches Henderson was a phenomenal mismatch for the Oklahoma offense on Saturday night. His career is just getting started!
Oklahoma Has The Best Defensive Front In The Big 12, No Doubt!
Just watch the film! The Sooners produced four sacks, seven tackles for loss, and held the Cowboys to just 78 rushing yards on 28 attempts (2.8 YPC). This group is nasty!
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