Oklahoma football will be breaking in a new head coach in 2017, but one advanced metric still gives the Sooners a relatively high chance of going undefeated.
ESPN newly updated Football Power Index (FPI) rankings give Oklahoma a 5.4 percent chance of winning out. Only Ohio State (35 percent) and Alabama (10 percent) have a higher chance of going unbeaten.
Ironically, Oklahoma’s biggest obstacle to an undefeated season this year may be the Buckeyes. The Sooners go on the road to play Ohio State in Week 2. An undefeated season will also be slightly tougher this year with the reinstatement of the Big 12 championship game, adding a 13th game to the schedule.
The Sooners are still one of the favorites in the Big 12 despite the retirement of Bob Stoops. However, they also have to replace the production of running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, as well as wide receiver Dede Westbrook. New head coach Lincoln Riley does get back Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield though.
Oklahoma opens the season at home against UTEP on Sept. 2.