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A Look Back at My 10 Preseason Predictions

The 2018-19 Oklahoma football campaign will be forever known as one of the wildest in school history. It’s hard to predict a college football season but it would frankly have been impossible to predict what transpired this season. Either way, I still gave it my best shot in August, so let’s take ourselves back to a simpler time when we had a defensive coordinator and were still trying to figure out who would start at quarterback.

1. Kyler Murray will win the starting QB job

Needless to say, he did that and a WHOLE lot more. Murray put together one of the best seasons in OU football history, amassing 4361 passing yards and 42 touchdowns while rushing for 1001 yards and 12 touchdowns on his way to becoming the seventh Sooner to win the Heisman Trophy. Without Murray, the Oklahoma offense would not be nearly the team it was this season.

2. OU will not cover the spread in any of the first four games (FAU, UCLA, Iowa State and Army)

I was close! With the exception of FAU (OU -14.5, easily covered), the Sooners played tighter games than Vegas expected, partially due to the FAU blowout in the first game. Overall, OU was mediocre against the spread this season.

3. Rodney Anderson will be a dark horse Heisman candidate

I was right on the Heisman thing, but we sadly did not see much Rodney Anderson this season due to an ACL tear in the second game of the season. While the Oklahoma rushing game did recover with big seasons from Trey Sermon and Kennedy Brooks, Anderson would have been a powerful asset to an already devastating Sooner offense.

4. The Sooners will go undefeated in rivalry games this season…

We were one decent Taylor “Corndog” Cornelius two point conversion toss away from being 0-2 in these, but thankfully he was a garbage quarterback. While OU did lose to Texas in the Red River Shootout, they exacted their revenge in a very satisfying Big 12 Championship win.

5. …but will lose 1-2 stupid games

Oklahoma got close to blowing several games they should win this season, including a stretch of narrowly avoiding an upset with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, with the Army overtime game nearly being the biggest upset in school history. The season wasn’t pretty at times, but these Sooners usually got it done.

6. Bookie wins Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, but is robbed of Player of the Year

YIKES. Bookie was one of the biggest disappointments this season, looking out of position and unprepared many times this season. While plenty of fans are giving up on him already, I think he’ll show improvement next season with a new defensive coordinator at the helm.

7. Drake Stoops will contribute

This one was a big stretch. Stoops did play some, showing promise as a slot receiver with good blocking and catching ability. I bet we’ll see more of him next season.

8. The Sooners will win a record 4th straight Big 12 Title

This actually happened! While it looked rocky at points, the Sooners yet again captured the Big 12 title, beating Texas at AT&T Stadium. With recruiting going the way it has, I would not be shocked to see the Sooners add a 5th straight title in 2019.

9. Oklahoma gets left out of the College Football Playoff

This was the future Kirk Herbstreit wanted. I was concerned with OU’s lack of a marquee non-conference opponent being a potential hurdle for a theoretical one-loss Oklahoma team and it almost was. Thankfully, the loss (3 points, neutral site) was decent enough to get the Sooners in.

10. OU avenges its 2018 Rose Bowl loss in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia

We were one Purdue upset bid away from this actually happening. Instead, we got to see the Sooners fall short in the playoff against Alabama, which is definitely a better outcome than playing in a meaningless game.

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