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2018 Oklahoma Sooners Football Team
2018 Oklahoma Sooners football
Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
Big 12 champion
Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal), L 34-45 vs. Alabama
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
2018 record12-2 (8-1 Big 12)
Head coach
Co-offensive coordinatorCale Gundy (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBill Bedenbaugh (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple no-huddle
Defensive coordinatorRuffin McNeill (interim) (1st season)
Base defense4-2-5
CaptainRodney Anderson
Kenneth Mann
Kenneth Murray
Ben Powers
Austin Seibert
Home stadiumGaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 86,112)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Oklahoma y$^   8 1         12 2  
No. 9 Texas y   7 2         10 4  
Iowa State   6 3         8 5  
No. 20 West Virginia   6 3         8 4  
TCU   4 5         7 6  
Baylor   4 5         7 6  
Oklahoma State   3 6         7 6  
Kansas State   3 6         5 7  
Texas Tech   3 6         5 7  
Kansas   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 39, Texas 27
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Oklahoma Sooners football team represents the University of Oklahoma in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 124th season for the Oklahoma Sooners. The team is led by Lincoln Riley, who is in his second year as head coach. They play their home games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They are a charter member of the Big 12 Conference.

Conference play began with a 37-27 win against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa and ended with a 59-56 win against West Virginia in Morgantown, West Virginia. Oklahoma finished conference play with the best record in the conference with an 8-1 record. They went on to play Texas in the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game which they won 39-27 to win their twelfth, and fourth consecutive, Big 12 championship.

In the final College Football Playoff rankings of the season, Oklahoma was ranked fourth, earning them a spot in the 2018 Orange Bowl, in a national semi-final game against first-seeded Alabama. This was Oklahoma's second consecutive and third overall CFP bid. The Sooners lost to the Crimson Tide, 34-45, marking the sixth consecutive loss for the school in CFP semi-finals or BCS national championship games.

Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, following in the wake of Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, earned several national honors himself, including winning the school's second consecutive and seventh overall Heisman Trophy. This was the first time that quarterbacks from the same school won the award in back to back seasons.

Previous season

The Sooners finished the season 12-2, 8-1 in Big 12 play. Finishing with the best record in conference play the Sooners clinched a berth in the conference championship game where they defeated TCU 41-17 to win their 11th Big 12 Championship. Oklahoma was selected as the second seed to play in the 2017 College Football playoff against third seed Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 Rose Bowl, which ended up being a 48-54 loss in double overtime.

Recruiting

Position key

Recruits

The Sooners signed a total of 22 recruits.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[1] Caleb Kelly LB JR
Rimington Trophy[2] Jonathan Alvarez C SR
Maxwell Award[3] Rodney Anderson RB JR
Kyler Murray QB JR
Doak Walker Award[4] Rodney Anderson RB JR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[5] Marquise Brown WR JR
CeeDee Lamb WR SO
John Mackey Award[6] Grant Calcaterra TE SO
Butkus Award[7] Caleb Kelly LB JR
Outland Trophy[8] Bobby Evans OL JR
Ben Powers OL SR
Dru Samia OL SR
Lou Groza Award[9] Austin Seibert K/P SR
Ray Guy Award[10] Austin Seibert K/P SR
Wuerffel Trophy[11] Caleb Kelly LB JR
Walter Camp Award[12] Rodney Anderson RB JR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[13] Rodney Anderson RB JR
CeeDee Lamb WR SO

Big 12 media poll

The Big 12 media poll was released on July 12, 2018 with the Sooners predicted to win the Big 12.[14]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Oklahoma 509 (46)
2 West Virginia 432 (2)
3 TCU 390 (1)
4 Texas 370 (1)
5 Oklahoma State 300
6 Kansas State 283 (2)
7 Iowa State 250
8 Texas Tech 149
9 Baylor 125
10 Kansas 52

Schedule

Oklahoma announced its 2018 football schedule on October 26, 2017. The 2018 schedule consists of 7 home games, 4 away games and 1 neutral-site game in the regular season. The Sooners will host three non-conference games against FAU, UCLA and Army. Oklahoma will host Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and travel to Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia in regular conference play. Oklahoma will play Texas in Dallas, Texas at the Cotton Bowl Stadium on October 6 in the Red River Showdown, the 113th game played in the series.[15]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 111:00 a.m.Florida Atlantic*No. 7FOXW 63-1486,402
September 812:00 p.m.UCLA*No. 6
  • Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
FOXW 49-2186,402
September 1511:00 a.m.at Iowa StateNo. 5ABCW 37-2758,479
September 226:00 p.m.Army*No. 5
  • Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
FSN PPVW 28-21 OT87,177
September 292:30 p.m.BaylorNo. 6
  • Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
ABCW 66-3386,642
October 611:00 a.m.vs. No. 19 TexasNo. 7FOXL 45-4892,300
October 2011:00 a.m.at TCUNo. 9ABCW 52-2745,055
October 272:30 p.m.Kansas StatedaggerNo. 8
  • Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
FOXW 51-1486,436
November 37:00 p.m.at Texas TechNo. 7ABCW 51-4660,454
November 102:30 p.m.Oklahoma StateNo. 6
  • Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (Bedlam Series)
ABCW 48-4787,635
November 176:30 p.m.KansasNo. 6
  • Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
FOXW 55-4086,371
November 237:00 p.m.at No. 12 West VirginiaNo. 6ESPNW 59-5660,713
December 111:00 a.m.vs. No. 9 TexasNo. 5ABCW 39-2783,114
December 297:00 p.m.vs. No. 1 Alabama*No. 4ESPNL 34-4566,203
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Personnel

Roster

Coaching staff

Name Position Alma mater Joined Staff
Lincoln Riley Head Coach / Quarterbacks Texas Tech (2006) 2015/2017
Ruffin McNeill Assistant Head Coach / Interim Defensive Coordinator East Carolina (1980) 2017
Shane Beamer Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends and H-Backs Virginia Tech (1999) 2018
Cale Gundy Co-Offensive Coordinator/ Inside Receivers / Recruiting Coordinator Oklahoma (1994) 1999
Bill Bedenbaugh Co-Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Iowa Wesleyan (1995) 2013
Kerry Cooks Assistant Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs Iowa (1997) 2015
Jay Boulware Special Teams Coordinator / Running Backs Texas (1996) 2013
Tim Kish Inside Linebackers Otterbein (1976) 2012
Bob Diaco Outside Linebackers Iowa (1995) 2018
Dennis Simmons Outside Receivers BYU (1997) 2015
Calvin Thibodeaux Defensive Line Oklahoma (2006) 2016
Bennie Wylie Director of Sports Performance Sam Houston State (1999) 2018
Clarke Stroud Director of Football Operations Oklahoma (1990) 2018

Depth chart

[16]

Game summaries

Florida Atlantic

UCLA

at Iowa State

Army

Baylor

vs Texas

at TCU

Kansas State

Kansas State has a week off between the previous win against Oklahoma State and their next game against Oklahoma.[19] Oklahoma's new defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill was able to simplify the defensive plan which helped turn out good results against Texas Christian in the previous week with a Sooner victory 52-27. K-State's Coach Snyder commented: "They're very much the same football team that they were on the defensive side of the ball, on both sides actually, but certainly on the defensive side. I saw some tweaks, a few things, that you might consider to be changes -- don't know if they're changes or are just there and hadn't surfaced previously. But by and large, it's the same defense."[20]

When the game rolled around, both the offense and the defense for Oklahoma performed to control the game from start to finish, with a final score of 51-14 and an Oklahoma win.[21]

at Texas Tech

Oklahoma State

  • Trey Sermon 124 rushing yards

Kansas

at West Virginia

vs Texas

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Longhorns 7 7 13 0 27
No. 5 Sooners 3 17 7 12 39
Overall record Last meeting Result
62-46-5 2018 TEX, 48-45
Statistics TEX OU
First downs 23 29
Plays-yards 437 508
Rushes-yards 32-88 40-129
Passing yards 349 379
Passing: Comp-Att-Int 23-37-1 25-34-0
Time of possession 28:00 32:00
Team Category Player Statistics
Texas Passing Sam Ehlinger 25/36, 349 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing Sam Ehlinger 14 carries, 42 yards, TD
Receiving Collin Johnson 8 receptions, 177 yards, TD
Oklahoma Passing Kyler Murray 25/34, 379 yards, 3 TD
Rushing Trey Sermon 18 carries, 65 yards, TD
Receiving CeeDee Lamb 6 receptions, 167 yards, TD

vs. #1 Alabama (CFP Semifinal)

Capital One Orange Bowl (Semifinal)
1 234Total
#4 Oklahoma 0 101014 34
#1 Alabama 21 10014 45
  • Date: December 29
  • Location: Miami Gardens, FL
  • Game start: 7:10 PM CST
  • Game attendance: 66,203
  • Game weather: Temperature: 75 o Wind: SE 3mph o Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Maria Taylor and Laura Rutledge (sideline)
  • Sources:

Statistics

Statistics Oklahoma Alabama
First downs
Total yards
Rushes-yards
Passing yards
Passing: Comp-Att-Int
Time of possession
Team Category Player Statistics
Oklahoma Passing
Rushing
Receiving
Alabama Passing
Rushing
Receiving

Statistics

Scoring

Scores against non-conference opponents
1 2 3 4OT Total
Opponents 14 7 14 210 56
Oklahoma 56 31 31 217 146
Scores against the Big 12
1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 72 99 87 80 338
Oklahoma 104 145 100 115 464
Scores against all opponents
1 2 3 4OT Total
Opponents 86 106 101 1010 394
Oklahoma 160 176 131 1367 610

2019 NFL Draft

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final
AP 7 6 5 5 6 7 11 9 8 7 6 6 6 5 4 4
Coaches 5 5 5 5 5 5 11 10 8 7 6 6 6 5 4 4
CFP Not released 7 6 6 6 5 4 Not released

References

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  2. ^ "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Doak Walker Award Candidates". July 18, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List". July 19, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List Released" (PDF). July 20, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Butkus Award - 2018 Collegiate Watchlist". The Butkus Award. July 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "22018 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST UNVEILED". July 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Ray Guy Award preseason watch list unveiled". July 25, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Carbone, Al (July 27, 2018). "Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2018 Player of the Year Preseason "Watch List"". Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "2018 Nominations The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award" (PDF). August 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Sooners Picked to Repeat in Big 12 Preseason Football Poll". Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ "2018 Oklahoma Sooners Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Depth Chart". University of Oklahoma Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. December 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ "Army vs. No. 5 Oklahoma - Game Summary - September 22, 2018". ESPN. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Scoring Summary (Final) Army West Point vs No. 5 Oklahoma (Sep 22, 2018 at Norman, Okla.)" (PDF). Oklahoma Athletic Department. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ Black, Ryan (October 13, 2018). "K-State snaps 3-game losing skid with 31-12 victory over Oklahoma State". Manhattan Mercury. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ "No. 8 Oklahoma will show off its defense against Kansas State". Yahoo Sports. October 23, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Kyler Murray lead Oklahoma past Kansas State, 51-14". ESPN. October 27, 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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