As we get closer to kicking off the 2019 college football season, teams from around the country, but more specifically in the Big 12, are dreaming as to how they can either meet expectations (Texas, Oklahoma), exceed them (Baylor, Iowa State) or absolutely shock the world (Kansas State, Texas Tech). But July is the time for every program and every fan to dream of hoisting that conference championship on the first Saturday in early December.
So let’s look at the Big 12 conference and expand on how every team can have that magical season. Let’s get to the Oklahoma Sooners.
How can the Oklahoma Sooners win the Big 12 in 2019?
Well, they will be the favorites, so this won’t be the biggest explanation of all the teams in the Big 12 Conference. But for OU, they want to keep all the momentum going from recent years and not just win the Big 12, but reach the College Football Playoff and then finally play for a National Championship. However, they’ll have to do it with a third different quarterback in as many years.
It’s most likely to be Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts, who has a lot of pressure following up Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, who both won the Heisman Trophy and were the No. 1 draft picks in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Hurts is not the passer of Mayfield or Murray, so we’ll see if Lincoln Riley can work that magic with Hurts in the passing game. He’ll still have great playmakers in CeeDee Lamb, Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks, along with an offensive line that despite the losses should be one of the best in the country.
The question is on defense. Can new DC Alex Grinch do what Mike Stoops was unable to do? Just create a defense that is serviceable enough to let the best offense in the country lead the way to a National Championship?
As for the schedule, OU has a very balanced schedule, with no obviously-difficult stretch. Texas Tech at home starts conference play, with then Kansas on the road before the Red River Rivalry. Having KU before the biggest game of the season is as close as it gets to a bye. OU does not have to make the trip to Morgantown, which is always a nice plus. OU doesn’t even have true back-to-back conference road games. Also, if the rest of the Big 12, sans Texas, takes a step back to being mediocre, then it will be a two-horse race in the conference, which hasn’t always been the case in recent years in the very deep Big 12 Conference. A tricky two-game stretch to end the season vs. TCU and Oklahoma State could cause some trouble, but the stars are once again lining up for OU to win a conference title.
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