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Oklahoma Has A Brutal Path To National Championship

There won’t be much time to ease into the season for the Oklahoma Sooners, as the team has one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the country. However, the team is largely the same as the one that made it to the Orange Bowl last season. With an offense led by potential Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield and the dual running threat of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, this could be Oklahoma’s year.

2016 National Championship Odds

The Sooners open at +1400 to win the national championship in 2016, which has them listed behind seven teams. Though that may seem a little low for one of the best teams last season, they have a brutal schedule to deal with.

Aside from playing Houston and Ohio State within the first three weeks of the season, OU also plays in the same conference as Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and West Virginia. In the two years the playoff format has existed in college football, no team has made the semi-finals with more than one loss.

When you look at Oklahoma’s schedule this season, losing just one game this year seems like a difficult challenge, to say the least.

Big 12 Championship Odds

Despite the conference sporting some potential threats, Oklahoma is the odds-on favorite to win the Big 12 championship. Since the Big 12 doesn’t have a championship game, the Sooners just need to finish the regular season with the best record.

Mayfield played sublime within the Big 12 last season, as the former walk-on completed 69.3 percent of his passes while tossing 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions in conference play. Mayfield could be primed to put up some more monster numbers, which would go a long way to securing Oklahoma the conference crown.

Season Win Totals

Oklahoma is one of the few schools to have a double-digit season win total, as OU has been posted at 10 (EVEN/-130). Again, the schedule will be grueling for the Sooners, but the team simply does not lose many football games.

Since Bob Stoops took over as the head coach in 1999, Oklahoma has reached double-digit wins on 13 occasions. That level of consistency is spectacular – especially when you consider that half of the rare single wins seasons came during his first year and when the team was without star quarterback Sam Bradford for an entire season.

Most Important Player: Samaje Perine

I can hear people telling me now that this should be Mayfield, but Perine is going to play a massive part in Oklahoma’s offense. Perine is a special back who has proven to be able to carry the workload if need be and he will probably need to.

Oklahoma’s offensive line has a few question marks around it and the best way to keep Mayfield standing upright is to give the ball to Perine to allow him to wear out defenses. That will open up the passing game and the outside lanes for Mixon.

2016 Oklahoma Sooners Futures Odds
2016 National Championship+1400
Big 12 Championship-125
Win Total10.0

Odds as of August 5 at Bovada