A season opening loss to Houston, coupled with a beat down from Ohio State all but ended Oklahoma’s shot at a 2016 College Football Playoff berth, but the Sooners again finished with 11 wins and an impressive Sugar Bowl victory over Auburn a year ago.
The Sooners have racked up double digit wins six of the last eight years and was a participant in the College Football Playoff two years ago, but Bob Stoops has only one National Championship in 2000 and ten conference titles to show off during his 19 years in Norman.
But let’s not make light of those accomplishments as we look into the 2017 Sooner program, because most any coach would give their left arm to have a run like Stoops has had during his time as the head guy as the Oklahoma football coach.
Expectations are again high for one of the premiere programs in college football as they return one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Baker Mayfield. Mayfield ranks third in the country in our preseason Hour Glass quarterback rankings with a stamp of 38. The 2017 quarterback average on our board is 10.6 so this puts Mayfield in the elite category of quarterbacks for this year.
Oklahoma has the fourth hardest schedule in the Big 12 this year with big contests on the road at Ohio State, Texas for the Red River Shootout and at Oklahoma State.Bob Stoops comes into 2017 with a three year coaching factor of 26, which ranks him as the fifth best coach on our list behind Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Urban Meyer and Jimbo Fisher. Stoops is well within the elite coaching ranks within our analytics.
We are calling their week two contest at the Horse Shoe in Columbus, Ohio an elimination game of sorts for the College Football Playoff and as of today only one point on our matrix separate the Buckeyes and Sooners.