I have to begin this post with a sincere apology to Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine for overlooking them when I posted the Top 6 former Sooners with a chance to win the Super Bowl this year. I honestly didn’t think the Bengals had much of a chance of winning at Buffalo (and I know that I’m not alone in that) but Mixon’s 105 rushing yards, and a touchdown, helped Cincinnati pull the upset and now the former OU running back duo has the the third best odds of winning the title among the four teams remaining in the playoffs.
Cincinnati’s running game wasn’t just a one-man show last week in Orchard Park, NY though. Samaji Perine racked up 64 all-purpose yards against Buffalo’s defense. Cincinnati will travel to Arrowhead Stadium as a 1.5 point underdog on Sunday.
|Team||Odds To Win The Super Bowl|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+260|
|San Francisco 49ers||+330|
All four teams playing for a conference championship on Saturday feature at least one key player from the University of Oklahoma. Trent Williams and the San Francisco 49ers have the lowest odds of the remaining teams. Williams, starting left tackle, and company defended the home turf against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend but will have a much more difficult task this weekend when they travel to the East Coast to face Philly.
The Kansas City Chiefs are powered up front by pair of offensive linemen who experience college glory days in Norman. Creed Humphrey (Center) and Orlando Brown (Left Tackle) help pave the way for the KC offense but they aren’t the only contributors with Sooner ties. Blake Bell (Tight End) and James Winchester (Long Snapper) play key roles for the Chiefs as well.
In a conference championship round where three of the four starting quarterbacks are from Big 12 schools, Jalen Hurts remains the most prolific Oklahoma Alumni remaining in the playoffs. He powered the Eagles past the Giants last weekend, completing 16 of 24 passes for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also logged 9 rushing attempts for 34 yards and another touchdown.
Hurts is protected on the right side by offensive tackle, and former Sooner, Lane Johnson.
With a win on Sunday, Jalen Hurts can become the first player from The University of Oklahoma to start at quarterback in the Super Bowl.
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