Bleacher Report Puts Oklahoma Atop Their Week One College Football Rankings

OU quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) enters the 2021 season as the Heisman Trophy favorite on a Sooners team eyeing their first national title since the 2000 season. main

Another year of college football is about to begin, and it’s the usual suspects headlining the season. Ahead of week one action this Saturday, Bleacher Report’s college football experts put their brains together to create their week one rankings, and the top four come at very little surprise: Oklahoma, Clemson, Alabama, and Ohio State. These four are the usual suspects in terms of CFP play, with 20 of the 28 spots being taken by these schools since the playoff began in 2014.

Putting Oklahoma on top presumably makes them the favorites for a national championship. This is for good reason with likely No. 1 overall pick Spencer Rattler at QB, and a much improved defense looking for another top-30 finish.

However, the playoff has given the Sooners some trouble in the past. They did not qualify in 2020, and in their four appearances, they are yet to win a game. Comparably, the other three schools in the top four have gone on to win six of the seven national championships under the CFP format. The only outlier was of course won by Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers in 2019, who thrashed Oklahoma 63-28 in the Peach Bowl en route to that championship.

This year, Oklahoma is looking to change their fortunes. Lincoln Riley is a terrific offensive mind at head coach, so it can be assumed they will be great in that regard. However, if their defense can hold its own this year, this team could be the most dangerous team in college football. They are set to begin their season this weekend against the Tulane Green Wave.