CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee spoils Oklahoma’s playoff path, possibility

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners are 3-0 and on top so far this season. They smashed three of their opponents, most recently a 49-14 bombardment of Nebraska in Lincoln.

This point total served as the most points the program has ever sent in the series. And now the Sooners are garnering a lot of national attention as they enter the Big 12 opening game against Kansas State.

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But how are Oklahoma’s playoff chances looking at this early period, and what should it be? Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports turned everything upside down.

“I think it depends on the landscape and I think it depends on how this team looks,” Sallee said. And from what we’ve seen so far from Oklahoma we know Dillon Gabriel is good, we know the offense. Jeff Lebby because the offensive coordinator will score points. But their defense is pretty solid. And I think that’s the biggest thing, there’s the perception – look, the college football playoff selection committee isn’t supposed to take other seasons in the decision-making process, but they’re human. They have eyes. They realize that Oklahoma’s defense has been a disaster lately.

“So when it comes to this program, I think Texas needs to keep up. Texas needs to keep up that momentum, especially Quinn Ewers not their quarterback. Look, he’s coming. October 8th is not that far away. I don’t think the Baylor game is helping them that much anymore. The competitive game in Norman, Oklahoma State can definitely help. But I think this is a team that needs style points, but it’s easier for Oklahoma to get it because their past issues have apparently been fixed by now, relatively speaking. We’ve been fooled by Oklahoma’s defense before. We may be deceived again.

“But the playoff selection committee, as I said, shouldn’t take into account other seasons, but they’re human. They have eyes. They understand that pre-Oklahoma Brent Venables is a defensive disaster. Here it comes. Brent Venablesa defensive coach. If he changes that, it will definitely help.”

Brandon Marcell and Carl Reed of 247Sports also discussed the issue. Both had opposing views.

“No, not now,” said Marcello.dillon gabrielI like it dillon gabriel. With tight play in the fourth quarter, I don’t think he’s going to be the great quarterback that everyone thinks he will be. Only me. And because I’ve seen that in the past and how you react under that kind of pressure. So, until I see the change to the OU, I won’t say that the OU is currently a playoff team. I mean, they’re definitely going to compete because they need to win the Big 12 now by looking at them for the first few weeks. But no, I don’t see him as a serious playoff contender at the moment.”

“Brandon, Brandon, Brandon, what are we talking about? The Oklahoma Sooners are definitely a playoff contender,” Reed replied, “except for Georgia, which is the most dominant program in the country so far this year, and we should all keep Alabama there, right? easily three or four. Ohio State has been pretty flawless so far, too. But Oklahoma, if they win and they win the Big 12 and they’re not defeated, they’ll definitely deserve a playoff spot. So when we talk about things like that, we have to be honest with ourselves. You have to respect the Oklahoma Sooners. Now, they’re going to play harder games than Nebraska. Nebraska has dropped a bit. I’m sure we’ll get into Nebraska soon. Okay? “There’s going to be many factors. But they are. To say they’re not competitors, ah, they’re definitely competitors.”

Marcello then added some more to his reasoning as to why he reserved his decision for the time being.

“Yeah, listen, I was expecting the defense to play very well even after losing what they lost last season. To be honest, I wasn’t too impressed, so what? Alex Grinch he did it with the unit he had last year. Defensively, they should have been much better. So yeah, I’m fine with that. I just want to see some more consistency dillon gabriel in some of these moments, they’re going to get a little bigger as we go along the way. Listen, Nebraska is terrible. They stink. One of the worst teams in college football right now. Listen, you’re taking him out on the field. And you know mickey josephMeanwhile, you put the person I love on the field like, ‘Dude, we’ve had great, tough training.’ We’re really after that and everything else.’ That’s right, that’s great and all, but listen. Come back with me win win OU plays someone better than Iowa light.”

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The next challenge is to keep proving the haters wrong. To be clear, Oklahoma focuses on the single-game mentality and sweeping the slate to improve each week. But with the Wildcats kicking off at 19.00 CT Saturday, a tough competition lies ahead.

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