Oklahoma Sooners second in Athlon Sports’ spring power rankings

The Oklahoma Sooners face arguably the most transition of any team in the conference heading into the 2022 season. Sure, transition and turnover occurs with every team to some degree, the Sooners were met with changes at the most important positions in the program.

They’re one of just three schools to bring in new head coaches along with TCU and Texas Tech. Oklahoma is the only school experiencing turnover at the quarterback position as well as the head coaching spot.

The Sooners brought in arguably the best defensive coordinator in college football over the last decade and perhaps the best coach to never have been a head coach to lead their program into the future. They solved the problem at quarterback by bringing in one of the top names in the transfer portal, Dillon Gabriel.

Although Brent Venables’ defensive prowess speaks for itself, the number of players lost on that side of the ball creates questions that need to be answered this spring. But with the talent they have waiting in the wings, there might not be as much drop-off where they lost starters as one might think.

But it’s the transition and the turnover on defense that has national analysts concerned about Oklahoma’s ability to jump right back into contention. Athlon Sports released their spring ball power rankings and the Oklahoma Sooners come in second behind defending Big 12 champion the Baylor Bears.

In the piece, which is a great breakdown of what to watch for this spring with each team in the conference, Athlon Sports writer Steve Lassan pointed to the new offense and the number of starters lost on defense as what to watch for the Oklahoma Sooners.

This spring is all about transition. The Sooners have a new play-caller in Jeff Lebby, but quarterback Dillon Gabriel already has familiarity with the scheme from a stint with Lebby at UCF. In…


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