We’re still far from the 2022 college football season, but it’s safe to say that the national narrative about Oklahoma’s downfall has corrected itself. Remember the exaggeration for Lincoln Riley’s departure in late November to early December? Ever since Brent Venables rode, it seems like forever.
If you look at the starting power rankings or projections for the 2022 season, the Oklahoma Sooners now look like the team to beat in the Big 12.
College Football News recently released its spring power rankings ahead of the 2022 season and placed the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 1 in the Big 12.
Here’s what Pete Futek had to say about the Sooners’ situation in order to beat the team.
New head coach Brent Venables has a world of work to do. Not only does he have to keep all production running, but he has to do it with tons of new parts. The defensive front isn’t starting, but it’s not too far off. The offense, however, should be amazing with a great receiving core and UCF transfer QB Dillon Gabriel should be a terrific fit. – Futc, College Football News
The Sooners have certainly lost a few players in the NFL Draft and transfer portal, but they have done a good job with the experienced players who should be factors for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2022. Arguably the best quarterback in the Big 12. Either hurt, as is Dylan Gabriel’s experience and production, which soon provides a bridge to the future for offense.
The program establishes friendly inside the convention. In addition to the Red River Showdown, Oklahoma gets some of the top teams in the conference at home this season. Iowa State and West Virginia have tough road matchups as potential upsets, but the Sooners are the more talented team. If they are able to perform in Dallas against Texas, then going to Ames or Morgantown shouldn’t be too much for Brent Venables’ squad.
Let’s take a look at how college football news ranked the Big 12 during the Spring Ball.
CFN 2022 Kansas Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 3-9
The Kansas Jayhawks may have finished 10th in the Big 12 again in 2021, but it was clear that there was a different Kansas team. Lance Leipold instilled confidence in that team. The Jayhawks kept the Sooners scoreless for half and beat Texas at Austin.
Going into the second year of the Leopold era, the question is, can they build on it?
CFN 2022 Texas Tech Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 6-6
With the way Texas Tech ended the 2021 season, you’d think there would be more hype for the Red Raiders to come in 2022. He has some talent to convert, namely Eric Ezukanma at wide receiver, but Donovan Smith proved the man he could rely on at the quarterback and it made him competitive down the stretch and scored 252 passing yards and a touchdown in the air and on the ground. Was huge in his bowl game with. If he could develop some proficiency, he would be even more dangerous.
CFN 2022 West Virginia Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 6-6
If there’s one team I’m most into, it’s the West Virginia Mountaineers. They may not be better than seventh in the Big 12 when it’s all said and done, but their defense is going to make them competitive in every game they play and if they can produce above average offensive, they Might be a sleeper team to watch in the fall.
CFN 2022 TCU Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5
The TCU Horned Frogs are one of the more interesting teams to follow in the Big 12. They go from Gary Patterson, one of the better defensive coaches in the league, to Sonny Dykes, who has made a name for himself on the offensive side of football. , It looks like Max Dugan and Chandler Morris have capable quarterbacks and Quentin Johnston is poised for a breakout of the 2022 season.
CFN 2022 Baylor Prediction, Spring Football Edition, 7-5
Maybe the bears are ready for regression, but I don’t see it. The turnaround is no fluke and Aranda and Baylor are returning a fairly aggressive line that was one of the best in the country as well as their top two quarterbacks from last season. The losses of Abram Smith, Jalen Pitre and Terrell Bernard hurt, but Tristan Ebner has game-breaking potential and Aranda is a defensive wizard. He will figure out how to reduce the damage on defense.
CFN 2022 Kansas State Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 7-5
The Kansas State Wildcats were a dark horse pick for winning the Big 12 from a 247Sports writer, who also predicted that the Wildcats would be the team to upset the Oklahoma Sooners in 2022. It’s possible, but are people 100% sold when Adrian Martinez upgrades. At quarterback on Skylar Thompson?
CFN 2022 Iowa State Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 7-5
Though remote, an outside shot is that Iowa State is the worst team in the conference in 2022. Losing Brock Purdy, Bryce Hall, Charlie Kolar, Mike Rose and Will McDonald in the same draft class is huge. The team looks primed for a down year after their disappointing 2021 season.
CFN 2022 Texas Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 9-3
There’s a lot riding on Quinn Ivers and instantly becoming a difference-maker. That may be so, but the defenses that the Big 12 are bringing to the table have made their way in recent years with talented first-year debuts. It is a separate league from the high-flying Big 12 of the Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes era. Ivers would have to have a Texas team that was pretty poor defensively last year. We will see if he is up to the challenge.
CFN 2022 Oklahoma State Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 9-3
Oklahoma State brings back the most experienced quarterback in the Big 12 in Spencer Sanders, but he had a lot of talent on defense. Most notably, the architect of his illustrious 2021 defence; Jim Knowles.
CFN 2022 Oklahoma Prediction, Spring Football Edition: 10-2
Despite the turnover of the coaching staff and both sides of the ball, it is becoming clear that the Sooners are once again the team to beat. At least as far as the initial forecasts are concerned.
The guys keep sleeping on the Sooners wide receiver corps, but they’ll deliver the wake up call low fall as Dylan Gabriel hits it around Owen Field. Defensive additions from the transfer portal will play an integral role in replacing lost production from the 2021 team.
They will face challenges, but this team looks ready for controversy once again.