Oklahoma football: Facts and stats you should believe heading into 2017 season

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Sep 17, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners players are introduced before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Newly appointed Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley has yet to coach one game as the man in charge of one of the nation’s most renowned and decorated college programs. His record as a non-interim head coach is 0-0, and he is following in the footsteps of the most successful head coach in Sooner football history.

That circumstance generally is not one that translates into hit-the-road running instant success. In Riley’s case, however, the youngest coach in the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision, otherwise known as NCAA Division I) at 33 years of age is stepping into ready-made program that is already built for sustained success.

With 15 returning starters on offense and defense, including two-time Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield at quarterback, and one of the country’s best incoming recruiting classes, the Sooner Schooner should keep right on rolling in 2017.

Here are some key stats you should take stock in as far as Oklahoma football is concerned heading into the fall:

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