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Oklahoma Sooners Football | 5 Bold Predictions For The Upcoming Season

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1) The Sooners will lead the conference in passing defense

Last season, the Oklahoma forced opponents to attack the secondary with a stifling rush defense. Unfortunately, the secondary became a liability while opposing teams found success. On the bright side, Zack Sanchez returns as the anchor while the inexperienced players gained valuable knowledge. The learning curve will not be as steep as the defense balances itself out. Moving forward, the Sooners secondary will be labeled as the best of the conference.

2) Oklahoma will go undefeated at home

A quick look at the schedule reveals a favorable home schedule. That is until you glance at the November 21st opponent...the TCU Horned Frogs. Three years ago, the Sooners escaped Ft. Worth with a narrow victory. The following year, TCU proved worthy of the competition in the Big 12. In 2014, the Horned Frogs finally put things together downing the Sooners before rising to the No. 3 team in the nation. Now with Trevone Boykin running the show, anything could happen. But, Norman remains a tough place to play and behind a revamped offense, Oklahoma could look to run the table at home.

3) Dede Westbrook and Sterling Shepard will both eclipse the 1,000 yard receiving mark

As mentioned above, the offense possesses a new face with the addition of Lincoln Riley to the coaching staff. Many expect an air-raid offense from the newly appointed offensive coordinator. Regardless, fans have continuously looked for a compliment to Sterling Shepard. Enter Dede Westbrook into the equation who made an impression during the annual Spring Game. Oklahoma has not had a 1,000 yard single season receiver since Ryan Broyles but if the air-raid takes root, we could see two hit the mark in the upcoming season.

4) OU will beat Baylor in Waco this year

Art Briles has a good thing going for the Baylor Bears highlighted by the prolific quarterback play of Robert Griffin III and Bryce Petty. Now, Seth Russell is expected to take over who turned a few heads after tossing six touchdowns to go along with 438 yards against Northwestern State in 2014. Baylor is certainly no push over with 18 returning starters. However, look to an improved Oklahoma secondary to slow down an always electric Bear offense alongside a deep receiving group to get the job done in Waco this year.

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We're leaving the 5th bold prediction up to you, the reader. Let us know what your crystal ball is revealing to you in the comments section below!