The Oklahoma Sooners path to the College Football Playoff is
Sitting at No. 3 in the nation, if Oklahoma wins, it gets in. That’s been the case thus far with the Sooners owning
a perfect 4-0 record under first-year coach Lincoln Riley, but remaining unblemished throughout the final two-thirds of their
schedule is easier said than done.
Oklahoma’s last effort against winless Baylor is a perfect example of just how close to disaster any given team
can be on any given week, but the Sooners still prevailed, 49-41, and thanks to a double digit victory over then-No. 2 Ohio
State weeks earlier, Bleacher
Report is ‘buying’ the Sooners as a College Football Playoff contender.
“While being able to make stops will be key to whatever Oklahoma accomplishes this year, it won’t
be under pressure to post shutouts. Not when senior quarterback Baker Mayfield is looking as good as ever, with his 75.2 percent
completion rate and 13-to-0 touchdown-to-interception rate the stuff Heisman Trophy contenders are made of.
Oklahoma’s supporting cast on offense lacks the star power of a year ago, but it’s still
been effective, and with Mayfield orchestrating things, he’s able to get the most out of them.”
Led by a Heisman candidate in Mayfield, Oklahoma’s dynamic offense currently headlines the nation
with an average of 605.5 yards per game, while the Sooners rank No. 4 nationally with 48 points per game. Sure, the abundance
of star power evident in 2016 is no longer in Norman, but the Sooners are explosive as ever and quite clearly one of the premier
programs in college football this season.
Can they sustain such a high level of success and ultimately cement their place in the College Football
Beginning with Saturday’s home showdown with Iowa State, Oklahoma is favored in every remaining
matchup this season with its lowest projected win probability sitting at 66.5 percent on the road against No. 15 Oklahoma
State during Bedlam, per ESPN’s FPI.
Of course, No. 8 TCU, No. 23 West Virginia, Texas, Kansas State and even Texas Tech may prove to be tall tests, but there’s
little reason to pick against the Sooners in any given matchup at the moment.
All things considered, as Bleacher Report noted, it’s not difficult to buy into Oklahoma overcoming
all obstacles and proving to be a true College Football Playoff contender.