The Oklahoma Sooners are the FBS preseason No. 4 team and two Sooners are on the FBS Dream Team in the 2021 College Football America Yearbook, released last month.
The Sooners are coming off a 9-2 season that saw them overcome two early losses to defeat Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship Game for their sixth straight Big 12 title. Oklahoma went on to defeat Florida in the Cotton Bowl.
With a roster full of returning starters, the Sooners came in at No. 4 in the Yearbook’s FBS 130, where publisher Kendall Webb ranks every FBS team. The 130 is featured on Page 16 of the Yearbook.
The Sooners are behind Alabama (No. 1), Clemson (No. 2) and Ohio State (No. 3). OU is also the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the 130, with Iowa State coming in at No. 9. Four other Big 12 teams are in the Top 30 — Texas at No. 22, Oklahoma State at No. 24, West Virginia at No. 27 and TCU at No. 30.
The Dream Team is the Yearbook’s All-America Team. Put together like an 85-player FBS roster, Sooners linebacker Nik Bonitto made the ‘Starting Lineup,’ the equivalent of the Dream Team’s First Team. Defensive lineman Isaiah Thomas made the ‘Second String,’ the equivalent of the Second Team.
The Dream Team also has a ‘Freshman’ class, listing 25 of the best recruits in the Class of 2021. Oklahoma had two incoming players in the Class of 2021 — wide receiver Mario Williams, Plant City (FL) and defensive end Clayton Smith, Texas High (Texarkana, TX).
Finally, Bonitto and Thomas made the Yearbook’s Big 12 Preseason Starting Lineup, featured on Page 45 of the Yearbook. The other Sooners on the All-Big 12 Starting Lineup are offensive lineman Marquis Hayes and placekicker Gabe Brkic.
The 2021 College Football America Yearbook features seven pages of Big 12 content, including an overall preview of the conference race, a spotlight piece on a stadium, the Big 12 Starting Lineup, all team schedules and a half-page devoted to each program with stadium photos.