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Lincoln Riley defends Oklahoma defense’s playoff credentials

Lincoln Riley

The Oklahoma Sooners have done all they can to make their case for a College Football Playoff bid, and now it’s up to coach Lincoln Riley to do some campaigning.

The primary criticism aimed at Oklahoma is their defense. The Sooners allow nearly 33 points and roughly 450 yards per game, the worst marks of any playoff contender by some margin. Riley was quick to address that point after his team’s 39-27 win over Texas, saying the defense was still improving — and good enough as is to win a championship.

Riley’s job now is to publicly campaign for his team, whether anyone is listening or not. He has at least one big defensive play to point toward as evidence that his team can get it done when it needs to.


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