Fall camp is just around the corner, and the Oklahoma Sooners are ready to get to work. A new coaching staff and new character roster have created a lot of anticipation on Sept. 3 when the Sooners will usher in the Brent Venables era by adopting UTEP Miners.
Although the Sooners may be the favorite of many forecasters, several teams will be competing for the title in the conference in November. The states of Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas have the talent to make the Big 12 title race in Arlington quite intriguing at the end of the season. Teams like Kansas State and West Virginia are popular dark-horse choices to compete for in the conference championship game.
Looking ahead to the 2022 season The Sporting News predicted the order of the finish for the Big 12 conference, and Sooners fans will be happy with where Oklahoma is predicted to land at the end of the season.
Let’s see where Oklahoma ended.
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Texas Tech Red Raiders
December 28, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Donovan Smith (7) runs for a second-half touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Liberty Bowl. Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Horned Frogs TCU
September 14, 2019; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers defenseman Kai Higgins (98) tries to drag TCU Horned Frogs running back Darius Anderson (6) to the ground in the second half of the game at Ross-Ade Stadium. TCU Horned Frogs defeated Purdue Boilermakers 34 to 13. Mark Lebrick-USA TODAY Sports
West Virginia Mountaineering
December 5, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; West Virginia head coach Neil Brown yells during a football game at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Iowa State beat West Virginia 42–6. Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports
November 20, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell reacts during the second half of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jayray-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas State Wildcats
October 2, 2021; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn, 22, plays ball against the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
October 9, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs past Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Shane Witter (13) in the first quarter at the Cotton Bowl. Kevin Jayray-USA TODAY Sports
Oklahoma State Cowboys
November 27, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) poses for photos with fans on the field after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State won 37-33. Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
December 4, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; A view of the Big 12 championship logo before the game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Baylor Bears in the Big 12 Conference championship game at AT&T Stadium. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
April 23, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables reacts during a spring game at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium in Oklahoma. Kevin Jayray-USA TODAY Sports