Our college football handicapper provides us with an early preview of The Sooner's 2016 season. Go inside to read this interesting article which culminates with a pair of futures picks.
Tangible National Title Contenders
Oklahoma had their otherwise terrific 2015 season come to a bittersweet end. The Sooners fell 37-17 to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal and finished the year 11-2. On a more positive note, they were the 2015 BIG 12 champion as a result of going 8-1 in conference action. Currently, at BetOnline, The Sooners are +900 to become the next National Champs.
The Bob Stoops Factor
Last season's conference title was the 9th in 17 seasons under current head coach Bob Stoops. The Sooners have gone 179-46 (.796) under Stoops and were a more than respectable 121-100 ATS (54.8%). They were certainly a money team last year with a stellar 9-4 ATS (69.2%) record.
The 2016 Sooners regular season schedule has them facing four teams in college football's Top 25. Three of those contests will take place in their first four games. They open against #25 Houston who went 13-1 last year and capped off their season with a bowl game upset win over Florida State. They'll get a breather in week 2 at home against UL-Monroe. Saying that their next two games are tough would qualify as a vast understatement. They'll host #7 Ohio State, and then play at #15 TCU. Needless to say, we'll have a pretty good gauge on how good this Sooners team can be by the first week of October. Remember to check back to SBRpicks to check on up to date College Football Picks.
Other key dates include their annual rivalry showdowns with Texas in Dallas and a regular season finale at #9 Oklahoma State. Speaking of Texas, Oklahoma will be out for big time revenge, and that's a result of the Longhorns upsetting them as a 16.0-point underdog for their lone 2015 regular season blemish.
Heisman Hopeful and Dynamic Runner
Redshirt junior Quarterback Baker Mayfield returns following a brilliant 2015 campaign. Mayfield was named the 2015 Sporting News College Football Player of the Year. Mayfield started all 13 games a season ago, threw for 3700 yards, completed 68.1% of his passes, and ran for another 405 yards. The 21-year-old gunslingers had a marvelous 36/7 touchdown to interception ratio and rushed for an additional 7 touchdowns as well. Current college football betting odds at TheGreek.com lists Mayfield at 10:1 to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.
Mayfield will be able to count heavily on running back Samaje Perrine. He rushed for a team-high 1346 yards and ran for 16 touchdowns a season ago. Besides Mayfield and Perrine, Oklahoma returns five other offensive starters from a unit that was #4 in scoring offense (43.5 PPG) plus #7 for total yards (530.2 YPG).
Additional Betting Odds on Sooners
According to odds posted at TheGreek, Oklahoma's regular season win total is listed at over 10.0 (-115) and under 10.0 (-115). Quite a lofty number to exceed, but one in which they unquestionably can attain. The Sooners are also enumerated at 9:1 NCAAF odds to win the national championship.
Although I don't think Oklahoma will be a dominant defensive unit, they'll still be pretty good nonetheless. It's nothing their explosive offense won't be able to overcompensate for. I'm going to make two early college football picks on both Oklahoma to exceed 10 wins (-115), and also to win the national title (9:1).