OU continues to be dumpster fire since Lincoln Riley left for USC

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The Oklahoma Sooners have fallen flat on their faces this season post-Lincoln Riley's offseason departure to the USC Football program. After losing no more than two games in every year of Riley's career at OU (2017 to 2021), the Sooners have now lost double that. They lost yet another home game this week to unranked Baylor, and have now dropped to 5-4 on the year.

It's their second home loss on the year. Riley is currently 8-1 at SC with no home losses, after he won yet again this weekend against Cal. He showed up to that game ranked ninth in the country. He now may end up moving up even further after this. OU, however, hasn't been ranked since their fourth game of the year, where they got curb-stomped by TCU by a score of 55-24.

It all started when a few of Oklahoma's top players transferred to USC, such as QB1 Caleb Williams, starting WR Mario Williams, and DB Latrell McCutchin. Sure enough, the two Williams' have been sensational.

Caleb entered Week 9 with a 10.2 adjusted passing yards per attempt average, while posting a 24:1 TD:INT ratio while also adding three rushing touchdowns to that. He's one of the top Heisman Trophy contenders. Mario has been incredible too; averaging 19 yards per reception and 70.4 receiving yards per game.

Oklahoma hasn't been able to recover from their coaches and players going to Lincoln Riley's USC Football program.

It's not just Lincoln Riley, but the other coaches that came with him who Oklahoma has been missing. For instance, look at how much their defense has regressed since Alex Grinch left for the Trojans? Head Coach Brent Venables' defense just gave up 38 points to lose yet again on Saturday. Last season, Oklahoma allowed 25.8 points per game. They've given up 29.8 this season.

And of course, the offense has been very disappointing without Riley. Riley's offense showed up to work this week averaging 41 points per game in L.A. OU has put up just 33.2 points per game. To put it in perspective, the Sooners put up 39.1 points per game last season with Riley.

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Luckily for OU; they play West Virgina (3-6), Oklahoma State (6-3) at home, and Texas Tech (4-5) to close out the season. So therefore they at least have a chance at a few garbage time wins to end the year. Riley, on the other hand, is in the mix for the College Football Playoff. The Sooners most certainly miss him.