Oklahoma football: New win predictions for SEC teams, including OU, in 2024

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The Oklahoma football program is tied with Alabama with 27 seasons of 11 wins or more. This fall, both teams will be members of the same conference, the SEC.

The Sooners are one of those teams in college football that has been good for double-digit wins seemingly every season. That has been accomplished, though, as a member of the Big 12 and all of its previous iterations, a conference that, in football at least, is not considered to be on the same competitive level as the SEC.

Since the 2000 season, Oklahoma has recorded nine seasons with at least 12 wins, 16 with 11 wins or more and 19 seasons with at least 10 wins. Many experts believe those days, at least in the near term, are going to be more difficult to come by in the SEC.

ESPN data analyst Jake Wimberly recently projected win totals for the 16 teams that will make up the SEC in the 2024 season, and you might be surprised what team he is projecting to win the conference.

While several handicappers have projected the Sooners, who are believed to have one of the more difficult SEC schedules in their inaugural season in the conference, to finish the season with no more than 8 wins. That would certainly be a huge disappointment for Oklahoma fans. Wimberly, however, projects the Sooners to win all four nonconference games and five more conference games and finish with a 9-3 overall record, one of four SEC teams to do so (LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn).

"How they handle that November stretch (Ole Miss, at Auburn and at LSU) could tell the story of (Oklahoma's) season."

ESPN's Jake Wimberly

According to Wimberly's analysis, Alabama will slip to 8-4 under new head coach Kalen DeBoer, and Ole Miss and Georgia will go 11-1 behind 12-0 Texas.

While Sooner fans would probably rejoice in a nine-win season in Year 1 in the SEC, there won't be much joy in Norman if their chief rival, the Longhorns, were to come in and conquer the mighty SEC in their first season.