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Oklahoma Sooners 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

Oklahoma Sooners 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart
Oklahoma Sooners 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

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Offense: The Sooners enter another season with one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Baker Mayfield, who completed 71 percent of his passes for nearly 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns last season. Mayfield may have had his hiccups last season, but he has 88 touchdown passes and nearly 10,000 passing yards for his career and is the engine to this Sooners offense. Rodney Anderson and Abdul Adams will be asked to replace Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon at running back, which won’t be easy, but they have the talent and upside to be effective. Mark Andrews, Jeffery Mead and Jeff Badet will all be given a larger workload with Mixon and Dede Westbrook no longer around, which does raise some questions at the wide receiver spots. Oklahoma also still has a young offensive line led by Orlando Brown, Ben Powers, Bobby Evans and Erick Wren, but the Sooners were above-average at protecting the quarterback last season. While there are questions with this unit, having Mayfield at quarterback gives Oklahoma a dangerous offense with high upside.

Defense: Oklahoma returns one of the top defensive playmakers in the Big 12 in Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who had nine sacks and 71 tackles. Emmanuel Beal finished second on the team with 81 tackles and gives the Sooners one of the better linebacker pairs in the country. Caleb Kelly is also a name to watch, as he came on strong late last year and should be the starter on the strongside….

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