Athlon Sports analysts select OU as their Big 12 favorite

After a spring that has left many fans feeling positive about the Sooners, Oklahoma has once again emerged as a favorite to win the Big 12. This is not surprising given that they have won more than anyone since the beginning of the conference. Even after going to the SEC, it will take decades for anyone to match up with the 14 conference titles that Oklahoma has won since 1996.

Oklahoma has as many conference titles as eight other teams to win the Big 12. Remove Texas A&M, Colorado and Nebraska left in the final round of restructuring and the Sooners have four more conference tournaments than the other nine members of the Big 12. combined.

Three of the four Athlon Sports analysts chose the Oklahoma Sooners as their favorite to win the Big 12. Here’s what Allen Kenney said about the Sooners. Allen Kenney, Ben Weinrib and Mark Ross feel good about the Oklahoma Sooners ’chances of winning the conference in 2022.

Their confidence in a team that has lost a lot this season comes from football coach Brent Venables and their confidence in quarterback Dillon Gabriel. Here’s part of what Weinrib said about Sooners.

Brent Venables was as powerful as the Sooners could have expected, as he knows the program very well. And for all that the team lost through the transfer portal, they brought in the best quarterback in a speech by Dillon Gabriel. – Weinrib, Athlon Sports

Their new quarterback and new head coach was “close” but in addition to reinvigorating the program that was moving away from the national title competition, the calendar is in favor of Sooners in 2022.

OU also has a good schedule that will bring Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State to Norman on the 22nd. All represent a place in the conference tournament game for the Sooners, at least. – Kenney, Athlon Sports

The lone dissent comes from Steve Lassan, who believes Baylor Bears should be the favorites.

I could make a case for a couple of teams here, but by the end of spring training, I would go above Baylor Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for first place. Texas and Kansas State are interesting wildcard groups, and if things go well they can encourage a trip to the conference-titled game. Bears are not without worries, however. Coach Dave Aranda’s team lost significant defensive backs to Terrel Bernard (LB) and Jalen Pitre (DB), while the attack lost three key statistical receivers and defender Abram Smith. In addition, Baylor had a turnover margin of plus-12 and won four games last season. These numbers tend to regress next year. However, Oklahoma is in transition to dependence on its new staff, and Oklahoma State is losing considerable talent on defense and has some gaps to fill in skill and offensive skill points. Texas lacks talent, but can coach Steve Sarkisian find the right answers on offense and defense? This is a big day, and with a lot of uncertainty, I can be confident that Aranda will press the right buttons again this year. – Lassan, Athlon Sports

While many may consider the Oklahoma Big 12 a favorite to win, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas will also have a say in the conference title race. Lassan noted that Baylor may have some setbacks, but they are still a good team and may have a renewed quarterback status from Gerry Bohanon to Blake Shapen.

As a result of an inadequate defense in 2022, Oklahoma underwent a major change. Namely, the losses of Nik Bonitto, Isaiah Thomas, Perrion Winfrey, Brian Asamoah and Delarrin Turner-Yell, who will play. on Sundays this fall. Throw in Pat Fields’ transfer to Stanford and that’s a lot of experience and production at the door.

That doesn’t mean Sooners can’t improve on the defense that ranked 2022 in the 2022 and 20th in the 2022 game in 2022. 12 this season.

Marcus Stripling, Ethan Downs and Reggie Grimes will be hard pressed to stop the edge. Jalen Redmond will be the force in the middle. The Sooners still have a strong second tier with Woodi Washington and DJ Graham, Key Lawrence and Justin Broiles returning. Put on a scheme that doesn’t sit and put the quarterback uncomfortably on, and the Sooners defense should be able to answer all the questions in Venables ’Norman’s first year.

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