3. Oklahoma (3-0)
Defeated Tulsa 56-14
Oklahoma has stormed back into the football elite this year. Led by Baker Mayfield, a Heisman hopeful, they demolished Ohio State 31-16 in Columbus. They have also played UTEP (56-7) and Tulane (56-14). They haven’t had a close game this year, and in a weaker Big 12, that doesn’t look to change.
The Red River Shootout is always a big game, and the last time Oklahoma was in the national elite conversation, Texas stole the game. They will look to embarrass their rival in Dallas on Oct.14. The other big game on their schedule is Bedlam, the annual showdown against Oklahoma State and Mason Rudolph. That game, on Nov. 3, should be a de facto Big 12 championship, but of the schools may meet again in the Big 12 Championship Game later this year.
After the unexpected retirement of Bob Stoops, Lincoln Riley became one of the youngest head coaches in the highest level of amateur football. He has proven, in the few games he has coached, to be creative and good as a coach. Even with the departures of Samaje Perine, Dede Westbrook, and Joe Mixon, they have maintained a deadly offense. Baker Mayfield has been great this year, with 10 TDs to no interceptions. He will look to be the next great Oklahoma quarterback, and lead his team to what they haven’t done since 2000, and win the national championship.