Oklahoma football predictions: Get ready for an Oklahoma-Florida State showdown

Football 2014 — The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel forecasts the OU football season.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 28, 2014
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Projecting the 2014 college football season for the Oklahoma Sooners:

MVP: Trevor Knight. Unless Baker Mayfield gets eligible, the Sooners are unproven at quarterback behind Knight.

Best player: Sterling Shepard. The Sooners are surprisingly starless, but Shepard is a proven playmaker.

Most overlooked: Charles Tapper. Eric Striker and Geneo Grissom stole the show with their pass-rushing exploits in the Sugar Bowl, but Tapper is an all-around star at defensive end.

Best newcomer: Samaje Perine. With Joe Mixon’s off-field issues, the other freshman tailback has the chance to shine.

Biggest game: Baylor in Norman, Nov. 8. The presumptive Big 12 title game.

Best win: Other than Baylor, getting Charlie Strong off to a losing start in OU-Texas would be fine.

Trap game: at Texas Tech on Nov. 15. The Latin word for “trap game” is Lubbock.

Record: 11-2.

Post season projection: Sugar Bowl, semifinal vs. Florida State.

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

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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