Oklahoma lost a lot from its 2017 team. Gone is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and the most efficient quarterback in college football history. But not only does Oklahoma lose Baker Mayfield, it also loses its All-American left tackle, its All-American pass rusher, its Swiss army knife tight end and six other starters.
Despite all those losses, Oklahoma is not going to stop playing football. Quite the contrary. Oklahoma is more than happy to roll with what it's got moving forward, evidenced by Tuesday's announcement of across-the-board raises for Lincoln Riley and his staff. Beyond that, Oklahoma has finished a round of major capital investment into its facilities, everything from Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium, to its state-of-the-art dorm Headington Hall, to the newly completed Switzer Center.
As this video shows, Oklahoma believes last year's College Football Playoff run was the beginning of the Lincoln Riley reign, not the end of the Bob Stoops era.
The reigning back-to-back-to-back Big 12 champions begin their quest four a fourth straight conference crown against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 1 (noon ET, FOX).