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Will Lincoln Riley be on the hot seat if Brent Venables wins big first?

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I love football in the offseason. Instead of watching games, we ask amazing hypothetical questions that spark deep and intelligent conversations. In this case, I really like this one: “Will Lincoln Riley win if Brent Venables wins the national championship first?”

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It would be Hollywood-worthy if the Oklahoma Sooners somehow won the national championship before their former head coach after a very messy divorce from Lincoln Riley.

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Brent Venables is a guy who gets the most out of his players, but the national championship is an unrealistic first year expectation.

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However, as long as the Sooners are in the Big 12, the path to the college football playoffs, where there are still four teams, is relatively easy.

The challenge is simple: win 11 games and then win the Big 12 championship. That should be more than enough to get into the CFP. It happened before.

Josh Pate at the Late Kick Show discussed this scenario.

To be clear, the point is that if Brent Venables comes to Oklahoma and wins the national championship before Lincoln Riley, you don’t have to think too much. I think you know what will be said. I think I know what will be said. You and I may even be among the people saying this. Imagine that Brian Kelly spent ten years in Notre Dame. If Marcus Freeman comes along and wins the national championship, which is that Brian Kelly made it to the playoffs but never got close to it himself, yeah, I think that’s going to get a few words out there. – Pate, Late Kick Show

These words come from Josh Pate of 247Sports and he hits the mark. USC isn’t giving Lincoln Riley all that money to keep him from winning nationals, and if Venables ends up bringing the title to Norman, Southern California could get a little awkward.

The same goes for LSU and Brian Kelly. What if the Fighting Irish win this whole year? What if Oregon wins?

It will be an interesting race between USC and Oklahoma. It probably won’t happen this year, but imagine a CFP match…

What a world.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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