Columnist Says Lincoln Riley’s CFP Losses Are ‘Biggest Waste In The Big 12’

first_img Columnist Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says that Lincoln Riley’s inability to win in the Playoff to this point has been “a waste.”He thinks that Riley losing to Georgia and Alabama, give the quarterback talent he’s had, is worse than Mack Brown’s failures at the end of his Texas tenure.From his column:Oklahoma’s inability to win a college football playoff game with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray as the starting quarterback in consecutive seasons is the single biggest waste in the history of the Big 12.This includes the Mack Brown recruiting classes at Texas, and multiple great regular seasons of Kansas basketball under Bill Self. Don’t worry, Texas A&M, we see you — you were a crushing disappointment, too.Why exactly is football convinced Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley will be the next to jump to the NFL, and possibly even to the Dallas Cowboys, when his teams couldn’t defeat Georgia or Alabama with Heisman Trophy winners at the most important position on the field?Engel doesn’t see that breakthrough coming for Riley this year, either. If he couldn’t do it with Mayfield or Murray, he posits, why will he be able to with Hurts, who he considers a lesser quarterback talent, even with his Alabama pedigree.Quarterback Jalen Hurts is, by all accounts, a wonderful young man who will forever have the entire state of Alabama to lean on for a free meal, or hopefully, if he needs it, a job. He is simply not good enough to do for the Sooners what Riley needs.There is a reason why Hurts lost the starting job at Bama. There is a reason why he transferred for his final season of college football.Hurts is a good player who needs players around him whereas guys like Baker and Kyler were better than everyone else; Baker and Kyler could make a series, or a game, 1-on-11 and win.[…]But for the first time since Riley took over, he won’t have the top pick in the NFL draft playing quarterback.Losing that type of talent exposes a coach, and now we will see just how good, and smart, Lincoln Riley is.Of course, we’ve seen plenty of quarterbacks who aren’t top NFL picks thrive and win college national championships. That could certainly be the case for Hurts in Oklahoma this year, especially if the Sooners defense picks up some of the slack behind new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.As you can imagine, the response to Engel’s column from Sooner fans has been highly critical. Many have particularly latched on to a column last fall in which he supported disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles for the Texas Tech job.Good to see Mac Engel drop by before heading to Mount Vernon to cover Art Briles comeback.— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) July 15, 2019Mac Engel is a joke.— Kyle Johnson (@AllDayKJ103) July 18, 2019“Oklahoma’s grip on the Big 12 has come to an end”, as they finish off their fourth consecutive title. Really quite impressive how you’ve spun this story.— Alexander the Great (@lexandernelson) July 18, 2019Keep throwing these takes at the wall and one of them has to stick.. eventually.. hopefully.. maybe, right? 🤣— Only Rational Thoughts (@SoonerMB) July 18, 2019— christian flores (@christi85840470) July 18, 2019I despise OU with every fiber of my being but you have to give credit where it’s due. Lincoln is a great coach with lots of tricks up his sleeve. Fact of the matter is they played superior teams in the playoffs. Doesn’t make him a bad coach. Also nice ratio— Layne Turner (@laynerocks1) July 19, 2019Noted idiot and Art Briles apologist @MacEngelProf isn’t impressed by Lincoln Riley. #Sooners— C&C Machine (@CCMachine) July 18, 2019Considering the stranglehold that Alabama and Clemson have had on the sport, and the fact that just 10 different teams have made the Playoff in five years, it seems hardly fair to really criticize Riley for only making the four-team field twice. If anything, you can criticize his inability to field a competent defense to help the Mayfield/Murray offenses, but the Grinch hire was designed to do just that.Luckily I don’t imagine many around Norman share his criticism, especially entering what is expected to be another very strong year for the Sooners. The bigger concern for them is the potential of losing Riley to the NFL at some point, a notion that Engel scoffs at multiple times in his column.[Fort Worth Star-Telegram] A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley during a game.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners leads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Lincoln Riley is one of the darlings of the college football world. At just 35, he has taken Oklahoma to back-to-back Big 12 titles College Football Playoff berths.In that time, he has also developed a reputation as one of the sport’s true quarterback gurus. Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray have won back-to-back Heisman Trophies, and were the No. 1 picks of the 2018 and 2019 NFL Drafts, respectively.Once again, the Sooners are the favorites in the Big 12, with Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts at quarterback. Texas is on the rise, and beat OU during last year’s regular season, but the Sooners are on top of the league until further notice.Not everyone is so impressed with the job that Riley has done in his first two years, though…last_img

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