FOX Sports' Joel Klatt: 'Oklahoma might be better this year than last year'


    Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles as Florida Atlantic linebacker Rashad Smith (7) moves in at right in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt might have the boldest take of the college football season so far.

    "This is going to be maybe the most controversial thing I've said maybe ever," Klatt said on FOX Sports 1's "First Things First."

    "Oklahoma might be better this year than last year even without Baker Mayfield. And that's saying something, because he was incredible. That defense that I saw on Saturday was as good as Oklahoma has played defense since the early 2000s. FAU was a top-10 scoring offense last year. ... and (Oklahoma) went out there and throttled them."

    Klatt assisted Gus Johnson on the broadcast for Oklahoma's 2018 opener vs. Florida Atlantic. And the Sooners, in their first game of the post-Mayfield era, dominated the Owls from start to finish.

    Klatt is a believer in Kyler Murray, the Sooners' offense and sees a defense playing at a high level. He also thinks Rodney Anderson could be a Heisman Trophy contender.

    It seems coach Lincoln Riley has another strong team put together in Norman, but it's only Week 1.

    Oklahoma will get a chance to prove its worth again against UCLA on Saturday, Sept. 8. The game will be televised on FOX 25 in Oklahoma City.

    Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT.

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