We are not going to suggest that the major news this offseason has overshadowed the start of the new season, but the developments have indeed been huge. While no official word has been delivered yet, it does seem as though we will be moving from a 4-team playoff to one that will have 12 teams sooner rather than later. We also now know that Texas and Oklahoma will be plying their trade in the SEC once the 2025 season begins. What that will do to the future of the Big 12 remains to be seen, while we suspect that the make-up of the SEC will look different after the realignment. There is still a lot of football to be played before those changes, so let’s take a look at what we might expect from the Oklahoma Sooners heading into the 2021 season so you can bet against their NCAAF odds.
2021 College Football Betting | Oklahoma Sooners Preview for the Upcoming Season
The Sooners in 2020
It’s a tribute to the success of the Oklahoma Sooners in recent years that expectations are so high for them at the start of each new season. They have now been to the playoffs 4 times, but they have yet to record a win. 2020 was not one of those seasons, though, as the Sooners did not manage to finish first in the Big 12 in the regular season, losing 2 games. They did, though, have the consolation prize of winning the Conference Championship Game against Iowa State.
While missing the playoffs was a disappointment for a team that expects to be there every year now, the Sooners certainly did not let that get them down when they played in their bowl game. The Sooners went to the Cotton Bowl and absolutely blew out a very good Florida Gators team 55-20.
The Sooners Odds and Outlook for 2021
One thing that we probably don’t need to worry about with the Sooners is their offense. Spencer Rattler will be back for his 2nd season as the QB and will be looking to build on a strong finish to the season, where he led Oklahoma to 8 straight wins. You could see that he needed some time to adjust in the early part of last season, but once he got comfortable, it was on.
Rattler will be surrounded by a ton of weapons through the air and on the ground, so expect this team to once again rack up some points. The issue for Oklahoma, as it has always been, is that they very often need all those points because they all too often get pulled into shootout style games. There are concerns about the secondary again this season, so don’t be surprised to see opponents air it out in what is always a pass happy Big 12 Conference.
The Sooners once again look to be the class of the Big 12, but you do have to wonder if they can avoid taking those one or two losses that always seem to plague them every single year. The goal this year is to get back to the playoffs, and while they seem like a good bet to do that, the question will be whether they can then get that elusive first win in the postseason. The bookies certainly see them as a legitimate National Championship threat, as they are currently in at +800.