Will Oklahoma Sooners Survive Without Baker Mayfield in 2018?
Below, I try and answer the biggest questions about the Oklahoma Sooners heading into this College Football Season.
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Who Will Replace Baker at QB?As of late June, Riley hasn’t yet settled on a QB. Former Texas A&M starter Kyler Murray could be a star. But, to be a star Murry must first outwork former North Carolina QB Austin Kendall. The smart money is on Murray to get the nod. Let’s go ahead and pencil in Murray as Oklahoma’s starting QB. No matter who starts at QB, they should be well protected. Oklahoma’s offensive line is stellar. Even with left tackle Orlando Brown in the NFL, the line has some depth. Right tackle Bobby Evans will take over at left tackle. Not only that, but Oklahoma has recruited well along the offensive line. Overall, 3 starters return along the offensive line. That means the rushing attack, led by Rodney Anderson, will have no trouble. Murray or Kendall has plenty of targets to throw to as well. Both Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb can extend the field.
Has Oklahoma’s Defense Improved?Baker and the Sooners’ offense did their job in Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff Semifinal game versus Georgia. Oklahoma jumped out to a 31 to 17 halftime lead. The Sooners’ D imploded in the second half. It allowed Georgia to score 37 points in the second half alone. If Oklahoma has any hope of getting back to the College Football Playoff, the defense had better step it up. That’s going to be tough. Only 4 upperclassmen will play in the secondary. The linebacking corps is good, but although experienced, the defensive line doesn’t have stand out playmakers.
Oklahoma Sooners Strength of ScheduleThe Sooners start the season versus Florida Atlantic. After that, they’ve got a tough battle against the Chip Kelly coached UCLA Bruins. A battle versus Iowa State on Sept. 15 could set the tone for the rest of Oklahoma’s season. The Cyclones are for real. Oklahoma must battle the Iowa State Cyclones in Iowa. At TCU at Texas Tech, and at West Virginia this year means that Oklahoma’s road back to the CFP is paved with land mines.
2018 Schedule for Oklahoma Sooners
- Saturday, September 1st vs Florida Atlantic. 12pm ET. FOX.
- Saturday, September 8th vs UCLA. 1pm ET. FOX.
- Saturday, September 15th @ Iowa State. 12pm ET. ABC.
- Saturday, September 22nd vs Army. TBD.
- Saturday, September 29th vs Baylor. TBD.
- Saturday, October 6th vs Texas. TBD. FOX.
- Saturday, October 20th @ TCU. TBD.
- Saturday, October 27th vs Kansas State. TBD.
- Saturday, November 3rd @ Texas Tech. TBD.
- Saturday, November 10th vs Oklahoma State. TBD.
- Saturday, November 17th vs Kansas. TBD.
- Saturday, November 23rd @ West Virginia. TBD. ESPN.