The Sooners are still projected to play in a bowl


Oklahoma has struggled mightily over the past three weeks. It doesn’t look like it could get any worse after being left out of their most anticipated game of the season against rivals the Texas Longhorns.

Some key parts are injured right now, and with their return we should see a slightly better product than what we are seeing right now. Any hopes of a Big 12 title faded Saturday afternoon in Dallas. Instead, the Sooners will look to improve, regain some sense of pride, and try to look like a traditional Oklahoma Sooners football team for the rest of the season.

If they can do it, they will play a game of boules. And for a team without a championship to play for, that’s the best thing to do.

ESPN has taken the liberty every Monday during the college football season to update its bowl projections (ESPN+) as we gather new information and insights on each team.

Even with three straight losses, ESPN pundits still believe Oklahoma will figure things out and become bowl eligible.

Kyle Bonagura projects Oklahoma to play in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl against the Memphis Tigers of the American Athletic Conference.

Memphis boasts an explosive offense led by Seth Henigan, a former high school teammate of current Sooner Billy Bowman.

Mark Schlabach sees Oklahoma take on Pac-12 Oregon State. in Radiance Technologies’ Independence Bowl. Oregon State is a tough, sneaky opponent that plays solid defense and relies on running play to wear down teams. A date with them would make for consecutive years the Sooners would face a Pac-12 team in a bowling game. Last year, they ended their season with a Valero Alamo Bowl win over Oregon.

Oklahoma still has a long way to go before playing in a bowl becomes a reality. Their focus right now should be to be healthy and play competitive football. They have a tough test ahead of them with the Kansas Jayhawks coming to town.

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