No. 9: Oklahoma

The debate all summer at Oklahoma has been about who will replace quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner who got the Sooners so painfully close to the CFP national championship game.

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The choices were Texas A&M transfer Kyler Murray, one of the best athletes playing the position today, and sophomore Austin Kendall, a strong-armed four-star recruit from North Carolina.

Murray announced earlier this year that he will play professional baseball after this football season is over. The Oakland A's have given him $5 million and their blessing to play this final football season before he goes to work for them.

One could surmise that Murray wasn't postponing his baseball career to ride the bench in Norman this season. And on Wednesday he was named the starting quarterback of the Sooners.

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But you know what? It really doesn't matter because second-year coach Lincoln Riley is going to be able to put a ton of talent around Murray. Running back Rodney Anderson (1,161 yards rushing last season) is a flat-out stud. Trey Sermon was the No. 9 rusher in the Big 12 with 744 yards and a 6.15 ypc average.

Oklahoma has big-time receivers in Marquise Brown (57 catches) and CeeDee Lamb (46 catches). So the offense (surprise, surprise) is going to be just fine without Mayfield.

The problem for Oklahoma--and stop us if you've heard this before--is a defense that wears down over the course of the game. Georgia trailed Oklahoma 31-14 in the first half of the CFP semifinals at the Rose Bowl and just kept pounding on the Sooners and finally beat them in overtime.

Oklahoma can win still win the Big 12 playing that kind of defense but it won't win anything more. Just one man's opinion

It says here that Oklahoma will be 11-0 when it goes to West Virginia on Nov. 23. And that game will be more than just a little entertaining.

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