What a great time of the year. Every team is undefeated and fans have national championships dancing in their heads. Of course OU fans come by national championships naturally, so this not a major stretch for us. More importantly Sooners fans are never short of gut feelings so here are mine…
OU will be much improved this year. Bob did what he had to do and made wholesale changes to his staff. Those moves will pay off in a big way in 2015. The offense under Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield will take time to gel, but regardless, it has to be better than that mess Josh Heupel put out there last year. Again, we have OSU to thank for this coaching staff shakeup so be sure and thank your local Aggie…
The defense under new secondary coach Kerry Cooks will much improved over last year’s crew…Yes, Mike Stoops is still around, but he has been banished to the press box where he can do less damage. Last year’s freshmen have grown into men and will not resemble what we saw against Baylor.
Most importantly, the schedule sets up very nicely for the Sooners. While the Sooners are likely to suffer an early season loss at Tennessee due to a young, inexperienced offensive line, the Sooners will gain confidence from the Knoxville trip and use that experience to fashion an 8-1 start.
At 8-1, the Sooners will enter the end of the season trifecta of Baylor, TCU and OSU with a full head of steam. Worst case scenario will see the Sooner taking only two of three during this stretch. Regardless, the Sooner fans will enjoy sweet revenge against the office staff with a Thanksgiving win in Agwater.
While the Big 12 non-conference schedule is embarrassing, it will allow these teams to fashion impressive records that will only help the OU cause.
TCU and Baylor will be good again, but will take a step back from last year’s heroics. Other than OU, I see Texas and Texas Tech being the most improved teams in the league this year, but neither will good enough to derail Sooner Magic in 2015.
In the end, I predict the Sooners to finish the regular season at 10-2 and 8-1 to end up tied for league title. Regardless of the tie-breaker scenario, the Sooners will be the pick of the selection committee to represent the Big 12.
I see the final league standing this way…
T1…OU – Champion