Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Eleven full-time starters return to the 2015 Oklahoma Sooners football team. Head Coach Bob Stoops enters his seventeenth season on the sidelines at OU. The Sooners went 8-5 last season, 5-4 in Big-Twelve Conference play. Oklahoma was embarrassed in their 40-6 Bowl loss to Clemson. The outlook is strong for the 2015 version of Sooners football. The Oklahoma Sooners plays home games at the 82,000 seat Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.
Six starters return to the Oklahoma offense in 2015. New offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley is in charge of the “AIR RAID” offense. Junior quarterback Baker Mayfield seems to be the choice over Trevor Knight (2,300) passing yards last season. Oklahoma has two of the best running backs in College Football with sophomore Samaje Perine (1,713) rushing yards in 2014 and Joe Mixon. Mixon looked like an All-American in the spring. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (970) receiving yards last season will be the main target in the passing game. Center Ty Darlington anchors an offensive line that lost three starters to the NFL draft. The Oklahoma Sooners will score plenty of points on offense. The coaching staff will focus in the o-line in fall camp. The Oklahoma Sooners were 5-8 on NCAA Football Betting Picks last season, going over the betting odds total nine times and staying under the betting odds total four.
*The Sooners air raid offense put up 464.7 yards per contest, 24th in the FBS.
*Oklahoma went 2-5 ATS in Norman last season.
*The Sooners were 3-3 on the road.
*The betting odds total went 4-3 at home.
*Oklahoma went over the betting odds total five times on the road.
*The Sooners stayed under the betting odds total once away from home.
*The Oklahoma passing attack ranked 85th nationally, averaging 203.5 yards per game through the air.
*The Sooners put up 36.4 ppg, 21st in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Oklahoma ground game was 11th in the land, rushing for 261.2 yards per contest.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has five starters are back from a defense that opponents went pass happy against last season. The Sooners are loaded at linebacker with Eric Striker, Frank Shannon and leading tackler Dominique Alexander. The secondary was the weak link in 2014. Cornerback Zach Sanchez and Jordan Thomas have experience and cover skills. The safeties got better with reps in the offseason and spring football. The defensive line features end Charles Tapper, but the rest of the D-line is thin and inexperienced. The Sooners have to be able to get off of the field defensively.
*The Oklahoma defense gave up 382.6 yards per contest to the opposition, 52nd in the country.
*The Sooners pass defense ranked 120th in the FBS, giving up 276.2 yards per game through the air.
*The Oklahoma Sooners allowed 25.9 ppg in 2014, 56th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The Oklahoma run defense ranked 8th in the land, giving up an average of 106.4 yards per contest.
*Oklahoma has a non-conference game at Tennessee on September 12th.
*The Sooners get Big-Twelve foes West Virginia and TCU at home this season.
Bovada lists the Oklahoma Sooners at over/under nine wins in 2015.