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Oklahoma football predictions: Forecasting an unbeaten regular season for the Sooners

Football 2014 — The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson projects the OU football season.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 26, 2014

Projecting the 2014 college football season for the Oklahoma Sooners:

MVP: Trevor Knight. No doubt about this — no player is more valuable to the Sooners than Knight. The quarterback must stay healthy and play well for OU to be a true title contender.

Best Player: Eric Striker. He’s versatile. He’s talented. He’s heady. He’s rugged. In other words, the linebacker is a beast.

Most Overlooked: Daryl Williams. The right tackle moved to left tackle against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. And we all know how well that game went. Pair that versatility with his skill, and he’s a standout.

Best Newcomer: Dimitri Flowers. The Trey Milliard clone is already a favorite of Bob Stoops. Sooner Nation will soon jump on the bandwagon.

Biggest game: Baylor. Yes, Texas and Oklahoma State are bigger rivals. But the winner of OU-Baylor wins the Big 12 and likely makes the field of four in the College Football Playoff.

Best win: Baylor. The OU defense will have its hands full with Bryce Petty and Co., but the Baylor defense will be equally flummoxed by Knight and Friends. Should be high-scoring fun.

Trap game: At Texas Tech. Isn’t every game in Lubbock a trap game for OU? Many a good Sooner season has been blown off course on the West Texas plains.

Record: 12-1. OU will run the table during the regular season but fall to Florida State in the national semifinals.

Postseason projection: National semifinal vs. Florida State. What a game this will be. A really good Sooner defense against a really good Seminole offense.

(Editor's Note: This column has been edited to reflect the NCAA denying a waiver request for Oklahoma receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.)