The “Way way too Early” rankings for 2019 that came out correct right after Clemson pummeled Alabama for the countrywide championship had Oklahoma football projected as a prime-five group and countrywide title contender yet again upcoming time.
Most of the media shops that dabble in these “Way way too Early” university football projections, such as ESPN, like the Sooners to land somewhere in the No. 4 to 6 vary when the Linked Push and other people occur out with their official 2019 preseason rankings in the late summer.
ESPN made the decision “after a thirty day period of (participant) transfers, coaching moves, NFL draft entries and a second signing working day it is time to update (its edition of) the ‘Way-way too-Early Prime 25.’”
Oklahoma isn’t switching head coaches — and why would it right after two consecutive College or university Football Playoff appearances and 3 in the previous 4, 4 consecutive Big 12 championships, back again-to-back again Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks and a 46-8 total document in the time Lincoln Riley has been at Oklahoma?
The Sooners are losing Kyler Murray, who earlier this week introduced that he is forgoing a professional baseball occupation for the possibility to engage in quarterback in the NFL, but they landed perhaps the biggest title among the offseason transfers in previous Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. This will make the 3rd straight starting up quarterback for Oklahoma who started his university occupation at one more school ahead of transferring to OU. It turned out truly very well of the other two as very well as the Sooners.
Hurts was 26-2 as a starter at Alabama, and came off the bench and led the Tide to a 35-28 comeback victory around Georgia in the SEC title recreation this previous time that acquired them the prime seed in the College or university Football Playoff.
There is minor question that the fight-tested previous Alabama QB can make the Sooners much better than they would with five-star QB prospect Spencer Rattler getting around the reins in his first university time. Furthermore it will empower Rattler to gradually acclimate to university ball and the Sooner method, discover the offense and groom less than the professional Hurts.
The Sooners return 4 offensive starters and 10 on protection, but they also had an excellent recruiting 12 months. After the second Nationwide Signing Day earlier this thirty day period, ESPN ranked the OU 2019 recruiting class, which consists of 4 five-star prospective customers and 12 4-stars, as the fourth finest in the nation. The Sooners’ 2019 class consists of two of the prime 3 vast receivers (No. 1 Jadon Haselwood and Theo Wease) ranked in the ESPN 300.
The university football writers at ESPN took all of this into account and came to the summary that Oklahoma was likely to be even much better upcoming time than they at first thought. ESPN’s authentic Way-way too-Early Prime-25 rankings had the Sooners in the No. 6 place. They have now upgraded OU to No. 3 powering No. 1 Clemson and Alabama, very fantastic firm, if I do say so.
The Sooners jumped in advance of Notre Dame (formerly No. 5), Ohio Point out and Georgia into the present No. 3 place in ESPN’s pre-spring football, pre-preseason, stratospheric outlook 2019 university football time. In other text, matters could still adjust as we get significantly nearer to the new time.
But as extensive as we’re doling out all this adore on the Sooners, you’ve gotta adore in which matters stand for Oklahoma football on this Valentine’s Day eve, a fantastic six-months-additionally ahead of the begin of the 2019 university time. With the way matters have been likely south for the Sooner adult men and women of all ages on the hardwood, it is not way too early to start off pondering about football.