The No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners rebounded from their first loss of the season with a dominant performance in a 52-27 win over TCU on Saturday in Fort Worth, gashing the Horned Frogs for 536 yards total yards, including 323 yards on the ground.
The performance served as a reminder that even after an upset loss to Texas, the Sooners remain among the elite teams in college football, thanks in large part to an offensive unit that has been the most efficient in the country since Lincoln Riley arrived in Norman. While Oklahoma is currently tied for second in the Big 12 Conference standings, CBS Sports writer Barton Simmons believes the Sooners are still the class of the conference.
“I think that Oklahoma carries the hopes and dreams of the Big 12 on its shoulders,” Simmons said. “There is some good football being played in the Big 12. Texas is a good team, we’ve seen Texas Tech surge up, West Virginia and Iowa State have had their moments. Oklahoma is still the cream of the crop in the Big 12, regardless of what happened against Texas, and it’s all because of what they can do on offense.”
But not only does Simmons think Oklahoma has a leg up on the rest of the Big 12, he also believes the Sooners have the best chance of taking down defending national champion Alabama. The Crimson Tide were the unanimous No. 1 team in the latest Associated Press Poll and they’re a heavy favorite to win a second straight national title.
“Everybody is talking about Alabama and for good reason, but yards per play offensively, Oklahoma is actually better than Alabama,” Simmons said. “Alabama is averaging 8.3 yards per play offensively, crazy. Oklahoma is averaging 8.69 yards per play offensively, crazier. They are that good offensively. And if you look at the other primary contenders for the national title, whether that be Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU, whoever you want, the one team that nobody is going to want to face in the College Football Playoffs is Oklahoma.
“And I would argue that while we’re talking about Alabama as this unbeatable team, that perhaps the only team that actually could beat them is Oklahoma because they could just get in enough of a basketball game, enough of a ping-pong match back and forth to where they outscore them. Offensively, they’re that good. So can they take one or two incremental steps forward with Ruffin McNeill at defensive coordinator? We’ll see. But regardless, they’re the scariest team in the Big 12.”