NCAA Football Preview 2015: Big 12 Conference Breakdown

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Dec 6, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Samaje Perine (32) runs the ball while being pursued by Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Ramon Richards (18) during the second quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA Big 12 Projection: Oklahoma Sooners #3

Oklahoma is always considered to have high expectations, and head coach Bob Stoops makes sure of that. In 2014, the Sooners hopes of winning the Big 12 title went awry early. Oklahoma finished the season 8-5 (5-4 Big 12).

Stoops will most likely make some changes to his staff. Why? Well, he didn’t seem too happy about the play-calling last season and someone had to take the fall. Lincoln Riley is now the primary option to call plays on offense. The Sooners plan to incorporate more of their air-attack, as well as the spread.

The Sooners offense will be led by running back Samaje Perine, who with great footwork and a physical nature, is known to plow through defenders. Oklahoma’s talent is always there, but the staff needs to replace some starters and improve its secondary, in a short period of time.

Last season, the Oklahoma secondary allowed 20 passing plays of 30 yards or more. If plan A doesn’t work, the Sooners have to adjust their philosophy or they could be in for another disappointing season.

Oklahoma’s offense is promising almost every season. Last season their passing game was average, but could have been a lot better. The Sooners running game had solid success, and this season, they’ll feature a speedy Alex Ross and Joe Mixon, a five-star recruit.

Can the Sooners rebound and win the Big 12 in 2015?

It’s no walk in the park, especially with tough road games at Tennessee, Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State. But the Sooners should have the talent to get it done.

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