The narrative surrounding college football offenses in general and Big 12 offenses in particular is that they can’t transfer to the NFL.
According to Kirk Herbstreit, contrary to the public outcry, NFL offensive minds are extremely interested in the success of college offenses, particularly Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma.
Nearly every single professional team has reached out to the Sooners with questions about their dominant offense.
Lincoln Riley used to get occasional NFL team picking mind on offense. Per Herbstreit, 28+ NFL teams asked him about Sooners offense this year https://t.co/iGfq4E7VLd
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) April 17, 2018
The Sooners averaged a whopping 579.6 yards per game, and 8.6 yards per play. The Sooners were particularly balanced, contrary to the popular narrative. They rushed for 217.8 yards per game of that 579.6 yards per game.
Riley’s offense was the vehicle Baker Mayfield drove all the way to the Heisman Trophy. It also helped the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff. The Sooners lost an overtime bout in the Rose Bowl to Georgia, 54-48, but everyone who witnessed the game saw what Riley’s offense was able to do to one of college football’s best defenses.