Oklahoma Football Preview

August 30, 2019

Defense  Sooners Speed D is coming

 

Well it’s Football time in Oklahoma again and Sooners are looking to get past the semifinals only way this will happened is if our Defense improves from last year as a look it will with Alex Grinch as our new Defense coordinator who left as co-coordinator at Ohio State for the massive challenge of fixing Oklahoma's maligned outfit. And seriously, the Sooners need to play mean, something that's been noticeably lacking in recent years. Grinch brings intensity and emphasizes running to the ball and creating turnovers. Oklahoma should have good enough players to avoid ranking

No. 130 (dead last) in pass defense, as it did in 2018. The Sooners also ranked last in the Big 12 in total defense and scoring defense, so there's plenty amiss. "We believe we’re going to be a totally new defense," says cornerback Tre Brown.

OK, but seeing is believing. And in the fast-paced, fling-the-football Big 12, seeing good defense is a rare occurrence.

 

Grinch has nine returning starters to work . Linebacker Kenneth Murray has star potential as a tackling machine, posting nine games of double-digit stops a year ago. Veteran linemen Neville Gallimore and Kenneth Mann have played a lot and could benefit from the new voice of Grinch. Five starters return in the secondary, although it's a group that has often looked lost. So all eyes are on the Grinch. And he's up for the spotlight, putting players on alert with a call for credibility. His credibility is now at stake as well, beginning this fall

Previewing Oklahoma's Offense

 

 

Hurts hasn't been around long, arriving on campus in January. Still, as arguably college football's most high-profile grad transfer ever, he already fits right in, wasting no time basking in his new environment. Hurts went 26–2 as the starter at Bama in a far more balanced and traditional offense. And he was famously benched for Tua Tagovailoa after halftime of the 2017 title game and played sparingly a year ago. But this is a chance at a restart. "Any opportunity I get just to step on the field, I say it's a good deal," says Hurts, who completed 11-of-14 throws for 174 yards and a score in the spring game. The Sooners hope it's a big deal, too. Hurts will have playmakers aplenty to help. Running backs Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks, who combined for 2,003 yards and 25 touchdowns last season, give Oklahoma a potent duo. Sermon led the team with 13 touchdowns, while Brooks, a Freshman All-American, ran for a team-high 1,056 yards CeeDee Lamb provides a go-to receiver, coming off a second-team All-Big 12 season that saw him haul in 65 passes for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tight end Grant Calcaterra, a first-team All-Big 12 selection, is a big target with reliable hands. Oklahoma will be back as one of the top offenses in the country dominating  Lincoln Riley have found a winning formula at Oklahoma? Transfer quarterback collects Heisman Trophy on the way to the College Football Playoff. Rinse, repeat. And repeat again? Sooners will be back in the Big 12 championship game once again and win it 5 straight  

 

 

  •  Sept 1: vs. Houston Cougars (Norman, Okla.) W 52-24

  • Sept. 7: vs. South Dakota Coyotes (Norman, Okla.) W 63-0

  • Sept. 14: at UCLA Bruins (Los Angeles) W 52-14

  • Sept. 28: Texas Tech Red Raiders (Norman, Okla.)W46-20

  • Oct. 5: at Kansas Jayhawks (Lawrence, Kan.) W 56-17

  •  Oct. 12: vs. Texas Longhorns (Cotton Bowl) W 36-27

  •  Oct. 19: vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (Norman, Okla.) W 46-28

  •  Oct. 26: at Kansas State Wildcats (Manhattan, Kan.) W 56-22

  •  Nov. 9: vs. Iowa State Cyclones (Norman, Okla.) W 49-24

  •  Nov. 16: at Baylor Bears (Waco, Texas) W 46-17

  •  Nov. 23: vs. TCU Horned Frogs (Norman, Okla.) W 36-13  

  •  Nov. 30: at Oklahoma State (Stillwater Okla) W  42-31

  •  Dec. 7   vs. Texas Longhorns (Arlington TX) W 42-37

 

15-0 National champions will play Alabama for the National Championship

 

National Rank 1

 

 

 

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