Sporting News released its preseason Top 25 list. They picked LSU as the overall No. 1.
The Sooners are preseason No. 4, behind USC (No. 2) and Alabama (No. 3).
Last season was supposed to be the Sooners’ return to national glory, and they look just as good on paper and absolutely should win the Big 12 this season. Both sides of the ball are loaded with playmakers.
Let’s start with receiver Trey Metoyer, who after a year at a military prep school, could wind up being the most dynamic receiver in the league. Certainly, Bob Stoops and company are touting him as a major force and a prime target for quarterback Landry Jones. Running back Dominique Whaley broke his ankle last year, but is returning. The offensive line is experienced and while there were some key losses on defense, the secondary could be the strength of the unit. Nowhere does that mean more than in the pass-happy Big 12.
Two other Big 12 teams made the top 10 rankings with Kansas State at No. 6 and Texas rounding out the top 10. West Virginia was picked as preseason No. 24 and the Florida Gators ends the list of the top 25.
Oklahoma’s only other opponent outside the conference that was ranked preseason by Sporting News is Notre Dame at No. 16.