Big 12 Wire: Sooners looking for three-peat in Big 12

By Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger

@Darnell_Pointer

(O’Colly File Photo)

Bob Stoops’ retirement shocked a lot of Sooner fans this summer, but fans don’t need to worry as Oklahoma is on the same trajectory with or without Stoops. Lincoln Riley, 33, took Stoops’ position and has weapons coming with him. He has a 2016 Heisman finalist in quarterback Baker Mayfield, who threw for 40 touchdowns and 3,965 yards. To help Mayfield, OU has a deep receiving core to help bring it back in the top three in total offense. The loss of running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon to the NFL will cause a dent in the Sooners’ rushing game, but OU has one of the best offensive lines in the country.

Since the BCS system was replaced with the College Football Playoff, OU has been in the running for one of the four spots every year. This season will be no different. The Associated Press ranked OU No. 7 in its preseason poll. It is projected the Sooners or their in-state rival Oklahoma State will win the Big 12, but OU’s path will not be easy. OU will take a road trip to Columbus on Sept. 9 to take on No. 2 Ohio State. Then, on Nov. 4, OU plays No. 10 Oklahoma State in one of the most anticipated games of the season.

Schedule

Sept. 2: UTEP

Sept. 9: at Ohio State

Sept. 16: Tulane

Sept. 23: at Baylor

Oct. 7: Iowa State

Oct. 14: Texas

Oct. 21: at Kansas State

Oct. 28: Texas Tech

Nov. 4: at Oklahoma State

Nov. 11: TCU

Nov. 18: at Kansas

Nov. 25: West Virginia

ozone@ocolly.com

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