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Oklahoma Sooners 2021 College Football Team Breakdown (Depth Chart, Schedule & Betting Preview)

Matt Gajewski

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LSU put a massive contract on the table in the efforts to land highly-coveted Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley for their vacancy

No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners

2020 Record: 9-2
Returning Starters: Offense No. 7, Defense No. 8

Key Metrics and Personnel

  • Head Coach — Lincoln Riley (45-8)
  • Offensive Coordinator — Bill Bedenbaugh
  • Defensive Coordinator — Alex Grinch
  • Points/Game — 42.5 (6th)
  • Plays/Game — 73.0 (52nd)
  • Pass Rate — 47.40% (61st)
  • Yards/Att R — 4.8 (37th)
  • Yards/Att P — 9.1 (10th)
  • Yards/Att Allowed R — 3.6 (22nd)
  • Yards Att Allowed P — 6.8 (36th)
  • Points Allowed/Game — 23.9 (34th)
  • Vegas Win Total – 11, Over -120, Under +100

Notes

Lincoln Riley has coached Oklahoma since 2017, and Bill Bedenbaugh has been his offensive coordinator that whole time. Riley calls the plays and continues to dominate the offensive side of the ball in college. Alex Grinch came over to coordinate the defense in 2019, and this unit has seen steady improvement year over year.

Recruiting Class: No. 10

Five Star Recruits:

  • Caleb Williams — QB — No. 6

Other Top Recruits:

  • Clayton Smith — EDGE — No. 37
  • Mario Williams — WR — No. 42
  • Billy Bowman — ATH — No. 43
  • Cody Jackson — WR — No. 109
  • Ethan Downs — EDGE — No. 172
  • Latrell McCutchin — CB — No. 239
  • Jalil Farooq — WR — No. 122

Transfers

  • Tre Bradford (LSU — RB)
  • Wanya Morris (Tennessee — OT)
  • Eric Gray (Tennessee — RB)
  • Key Lawrence (Tennessee — S)
  • Mike Woods (Arkansas — WR)
  • Robert Congel (Arizona — G)
  • Micah Bowens (Penn State — QB)

Daily Fantasy Players to Watch

QB Spencer Rattler, RB Kennedy Brooks, WR Marvin Mims

Oklahoma Sooners Depth Chart

Offense: 7 Returning Starters

  • QB: Spencer Rattler, Caleb Williams
  • RB: Kennedy Brooks, Eric Gray, Marcus Major
  • WR1: Theo Wease, Mario Williams, Cody Jackson
  • WR2: Marvin Mims, Mike Woods
  • WR3: Jadon Haselwood, Drake Stoops, Davion Curtis
  • TE: Austin Stogner, Jeremiah Hall
  • LT: Wayne Morris, Stacey Wilkins
  • LG: Marquis Hayes, Robert Congel
  • C: Andrew Raym
  • RG: Tyrese Robinson
  • RT: Erik Swenson, Anton Harrison

Defense: 8 Returning Starters

  • Edge: Isaiah Thomas
  • DT: Perrion Winfrey
  • DT: Jalen Redmond
  • Edge: Nik Bonitto
  • LB: David Ugwoegbu
  • LB: Brian Asamoah
  • CB: Justin Harrington
  • CB: Woodi Washington
  • CB-N Billy Bowman
  • S: Delarrin Turner-Yell
  • S: Key Lawrence

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Oklahoma Sooners Breakdown

Oklahoma went 9-2 last year, losing to Kansas State and Iowa State in Week’s 2 and 3. They were both one-score games. The Oklahoma coaching staff is still together. They also return seven starters on offense and eight on defense.

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At quarterback Oklahoma returns Heisman favorite and potential top overall pick Spencer Rattler. He completed 67.5% of his passes for 3031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 10.3 yards per attempt. He also rushed for 160 yards on 81 attempts. His backups will be 2021 five-star recruit Caleb Williams and Penn State transfer Micah Bowens.

At running back Oklahoma returns Kennedy Brooks from opt out while receiving Tennessee transfer Eric Gray. Brooks initially beat out Trey Sermon and posted back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He also caught 10 passes in each. Gray rushed for 539 and 772 yards in two years with Tennessee. They should form a committee, with Marcus Major and Mikey Henderson providing depth.

Receiver is another position of strength for Oklahoma. Marvin Mims saw 49 targets last year. He led the team with 37 catches, 610 yards and nine touchdowns. Theo Wease was the second-leading receiver with 37 catches, 530 yards and four touchdowns. With Charleston Rambo transferring, the WR3 job is open. Jadon Haselwood caught 19 passes for 272 in 2019 but only managed four catches for 65 yards last year. Mario Williams is a highly touted freshman and the No. 42 player in the country. Mike Woods is a transfer from Arkansas, with 32 catches and 619 yards last year. Drake Stoops also finished as the fifth-leading receiver, with 15 catches and 219 yards. Cody Jackson and Jalil Farooq are also exciting four-star prospects at receiver.

Oklahoma also returns versatile tight end Austin Stogner after finishing third on the team in receiving. Stogner had 26 catches for 422 yards and three touchdowns. Jeremiah Hall and Brayden Willis provide depth and rotational pieces.

Oklahoma lost Creed Humphrey and Adrian Ealy on the offensive line but added transfers Robert Congel and Wanya Morris. The group has a combined 126 starts returning. Andrew Raym projects to fill in at center, but they could shuffle to get more players with experience on the field. Tyrese Robinson and Marquis Hayes both have starting experience, as does Congel inside. Erik Swenson returns to start at one of the tackle spots and Morris steps in via transfer. This team ranked No. 1 in pass blocking last year.

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On defense Oklahoma lost Ronnie Perkins, Jon-Michael Terry, Brendan Radley-Hiles, Tre Brown and Tre Norwood. On the edges Isaiah Thomas (Second-Team All-Big 12) and Nik Bonitto (Second-Team All-American) return tons of experience. Perrion Winfrey (Second-Team All-Big 12) and Jalen Redmond also have starting experience on the interior. At linebacker David Ugwoegbu and Brian Asamoah both started games and Asamoah was Honorable Mention All-Big 12. At corner only Woodi Washington (Honorable Mention All-Big 12) has starting experience. Jaden Davis started one game, but Justin Harrington could start as well. Billy Bowman projects to play and potentially start as the team’s nickel immediately. Delarrin Turner-Yell is a returning starter at safety, and they earned a transfer in Key Lawrence for their other starting safety from Tennessee. Pat Fields also returns at safety with starting experience.

Oklahoma 2021 Football Schedule

  • Sept. 4 Tulane 12:00 p.m. Away
  • Sept. 11 West Carolina 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Sept. 18 Nebraska 12:00 p.m. Home
  • Sept. 25 West Virginia 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Oct. 2 Kansas St 1:00 p.m. Away
  • Oct. 9 Texas 1:00 p.m. Neutral
  • Oct. 16 TCU 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Oct. 23 Kansas 1:00 p.m. Away
  • Oct. 30 Texas Tech 1:00 p.m. Home
  • Nov. 13 Baylor 12:00 p.m. Away
  • Nov. 20 Iowa State 12:00 p.m. Home
  • Nov. 27 Oklahoma State 12:00 p.m. Away

Oklahoma Football Betting Outlook

Oklahoma faces Tulane, Western Carolina and Nebraska in non-conference play. Inside the Big 12 they play at Kansas State, Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas (Dallas). At home they drew West Virginia, TCU, Texas Tech and Iowa State.


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Matt Gajewski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics. Matt has worked in the fantasy industry for the past four years, focusing on DFS and Sports Betting. Matt specializes in NFL, College Football, College Basketball, XFL, and MMA. With GPP victories across the major sports, Matt also qualified for the DraftKings 2020 Sports Betting Championship and won a seat to the College Basketball Tourney Mania final.

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