Fact Or Fiction: Oklahoma State Will Dominate The Big 12

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Rivals nationwide analyst Marshall Levenson is joined by OStateIllustrated’s Jeff Johnson, AggieYell’s Landyn Rosow, and OUInsider’s Parker Thune to deal with three subjects and decide whether or not they consider every matter is FACT or FICTION.

1. Oklahoma State is about to dominate the Big 12 in 2024 and past.

Mike Gundy

Mike Gundy (AP Images)

Levenson: FACT – Oklahoma State is within the prime 10 of convention successful share among the many energy conferences since 2010. The Cowboys are 83-44 in that span with 10 of these losses coming solely to the Oklahoma Sooners. Mike Gundy has instilled an elite stage of consistency in Stillwater and with the first bugaboo now within the SEC, the Cowboys ought to lastly have the ability to flex their convention dominance. And it is going to be a great 12 months to start out their run with Doak Walker winner Ollie Gordon again for his third season, tremendous seniors Alan Bowman and Brennan Presley again to manage the passing recreation together with veteran playmakers in all three ranges of the protection.

Johnson: FACT – Oklahoma State is coming off of a Big 12 Championship Game look. That one did not go effectively for Gundy, however championship recreation opponent Texas (and Oklahoma) is off to the SEC. OSU returns starters at virtually each place on either side of the ball (19 whole), together with second-year beginning quarterback Alan Bowman, who shall be enjoying his seventh 12 months of energy convention soccer. And after all Ollie Gordon. Defensive coordinator Bryan Nardo is in his second season with the Cowboys after making the soar from Division II and his protection ought to make its personal soar.

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2. Texas A&M can reel in a top-10 class in 12 months one in every of Mike Elko.

Mike Elko

Mike Elko (AP Images)

Levenson: FACTTexas A&M has by no means had an issue recruiting. In truth, it has been among the finest at it, irrespective of who the top coach was. And for what it’s value, many recruits have mentioned they like the type of recruiting new head coach Mike Elko has displayed in comparison with that of Jimbo Fisher. Elko has achieved a implausible job of connecting and establishing relationships with recruits. The Aggies maintain 4 commitments, three of that are ranked contained in the top-150 prospects within the nation. I count on to see Elko and his workers proceed this pattern with an excellent likelihood to land within the top-10 when it’s all mentioned and achieved.

Rosow: FACT – The Aggies can completely put collectively a prime recruiting class this 12 months, however the on-field outcomes would be the make or break. Elko has proven he’s a robust recruiter and has began with some robust additions in Texas. The Aggies are in it for a number of five-stars within the state and doubtlessly lead for prime prospects Husan Longstreet, DJ Sanders, Kaliq Lockett and numerous others that would launch Texas A&M to a prime class.

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3. Oklahoma will go above .500 in convention play in 12 months one of many SEC.

Jackson Arnold

Jackson Arnold (Parker Thune)

Levenson: FICTIONOklahoma shall be completely superb within the SEC, however I simply don’t see it taking place in 12 months one. My major concern is the offensive line, of which the Sooners shall be changing the whole lot of from final 12 months. I don’t envision they are going to be far off although as I see a 4-4 SEC file in 12 months one, dropping to Texas, Ole Miss, Alabama and LSU. Oklahoma actually has playmakers and it has a younger quarterback with a shiny future in Jackson Arnold, however going through SEC defensive strains is a distinct animal.

Thune: FACT – The Sooners are effectively positioned to be instantly aggressive within the SEC, as they return 9 of final year’s 11 starters on protection and switch the reins over to ballyhooed sophomore quarterback Jackson Arnold. They’ve obtained loads of depth and expertise on the offensive talent positions, and Purdue switch Deion Burks has the potential to be probably the most dynamic receiving weapons in America.

Not each single query is answered but for this Sooners workforce, particularly with regard to the offensive line image. But they dodge Georgia of their first SEC convention slate, and have the firepower to go blow-for-blow with the likes of LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss. Are they SEC champions in Year 1? Probably not. But it is a workforce that’s very able to successful double-digit video games and scoring a marquee win or two alongside the way in which. It’s an inexpensive expectation that this workforce will simply hit the .500 threshold in convention play.