Under the leadership of Bob Stoops, oklahoma became one of the nation's most consistent programs winning 7+ games in every single season with ten Big 12 titles, one national championship and 11 top-10 finishes in the AP poll. Stoops decided to leave the program this offseason giving 33-year-old Lincoln Riley the reigns after Riley had spent the last two years as the Sooners' offensive coordinator. Oklahoma's offense ranked first in Bill Connelly's S&P+ ratings last season, and with the return of Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield, they have a good chance of repeating last year's success.


Bill Connelly projects the Sooners to have the nation's best offense again in 2017 and Baker Mayfield is the main reason why. Mayfield's stats have been ridiculous in his two seasons as a full-time starter at Oklahoma: 7,665 passing yards at 10.2 yards per attempt with 89 total touchdowns and only 15 interceptions. Mayfield will enter the season as a Heisman favorite and should be making his second straight to New York for the ceremony in December.


The Sooners had two elite running backs last season in Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, but both of them are now in the NFL, and the only returning RB who played at all last year is sophomore Abdul Adams who got some garbage time yards in 2016. Oklahoma will look to fellow sophomore RB Rodney Anderson to fill the void left by Perine and Mixon.

Anderson is a former four-star recruit and reportedly had a strong Spring.


The Sooners will be replacing their clear number one wide receiver for the second straight season, but Baker Mayfield had no problem moving on from Sterling Shepard in 2016 making Dede Westbrook into a Heisman candidate. Oklahoma returns two WR's who played significant snaps and three players who each saw about 200 snaps, but tight end Mark Andrews will be their go-to guy in 2017 after he gained 489 yards on 15.8 yards per catch last season and has been a top red zone target with 14 TD's over the past two years.


Left tackle Orlando Brown is one of the best offensive linemen in the nation and could be a top-5 pick in next year's NFL Draft. Including Brown, the Sooners return five starters along the O-Line along with three players who saw some playing time in 2016 to add some experienced depth to this unit. Mayfield and the Sooners' running backs should have a lot of fun playing behind these experienced and talented hog mollies up front.

The Big 12 is no stranger to great offenses and the Sooners might have the nation's most explosive unit for the second straight year. Despite the loss of Bob Stoops, this Sooners offense should keep humming in 2017 with the return of Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield.