It’s long been said that defenses win championships. But, at college football level, a great deal comes down to the offense having the ability to cut apart opposition defenses.
This year, the team that looks to have the greatest strength and depth on offense has risen to the top of the bookmakers’ odds as the clear favorites to win the Big 12 championship in 2018. This team is, of course, the Oklahoma Sooners.
Who’ll be able to stop them?
With three championships on the back of 11-2, 11-2, and 12-2 overall records, Oklahoma looks to have built itself a dynasty in the Big 12. With 11 Big 12 championships of the 24 played, it’s hard to reason against the ever dominant Sooners doing it again.
While the quarterback situation may be somewhat precarious with Kyler Murray being drafted by the Oakland Athletics of the MLB, the team has the talent on the field to go all the way even without the talented QB. The offensive line is too strong for a decent play-caller not to have a successful season. But, just in case, the receiving and rushing corps is stacked with talent.
In the backfield, the Sooners will most likely employ Rodney Anderson as their main man. Anderson proved himself to be able to everything towards the end of last season, eventually tallying 13 touchdowns, and an average of 6.2 yards per carry to finish with 1,186 yards. Behind him, there’s the sturdy Trey Sermon, Kenney Brooks, and T.J. Pledger.
Then there’s the exciting receiving duo of Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb. Brown is listed by the NFL as the top wide receiver to watch in all of college football, with his partner in crime, Lamb, was an ESPN freshman All-American. Brown and Lamb combined for 14 touchdowns – seven apiece. Their speed, ability to create space and safe hands are a dream for any college quarterback to target.
The experts know
Looking to claim an unprecedented fourth Big 12 Conference championship in as many years, the Oklahoma Sooners come into the season with a mighty offensive line, athletic quarterbacks, playmaking wide receivers, and ferocious running backs, making them a huge favorite with the bookies.
The fact that Oklahoma has a strong defense also influences the oddsmakers as, of course, defense is a major part of the game. However, it is the expected bite of the offense which is setting Oklahoma as the +150 leaders to win the 2018 Big 12 championship in the betting department.
This places them ahead of Texas at +350, Oklahoma State at +500, and West Virginia at +600. American football fans all over Canada looking for a sure bet have been going for the Sooners, but not just because of the odds. The ability of the offense is expected to shine through once again, making backers very happy with their choice both during games and at the end of the season.
While defense is said to win championships, this season, it’ll be Oklahoma’s elite offense which looks set to carry them to glory once again.