Oklahoma football will be hoisting another Big 12 championship trophy in 2017, according to USA Today Sports, but the program could once again be left out of the College Football Playoff.
The Sooners are projected finish first in the conference for the third straight year in USA Today’s 2017 projections. They were the pick to win the league over in-state rival Oklahoma State.
However, the Sooners would likely miss the playoff again if these predictions came true. They’re projected to finish 10-2 (8-1 Big 12), the only Power 5 champion with more than one loss. One of those losses is projected to come at Ohio State, which USA Today has picked to go undefeated in the regular season.
Oklahoma went 11-2 last year and finished No. 5 in the final AP poll. They lost to the Buckeyes at home in Week 3 to fall to 1-2, but won 10 straight to end the year.
The Sooners have a new coach this season in Lincoln Riley. The former offensive coordinator steps in for Bob Stoops, who retired June 7.
The Sooners open their 2017 campaign at home against UTEP on Sept. 2. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX.