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Where do the Oklahoma Sooners sit in ESPN’s SP+ rating after the Bedlam win?

It’s amazing how a win over a rival can help change the outlook of a football programme. The Oklahoma Sooners are still a work in progress as Brent Venables and his staff hope to finish the season strong while they continue to build for the future.

However, defeating Oklahoma State and doing so with a strong defensive effort offered a glimpse of what Oklahoma football could be like under Brent Venables.

Sure, Oklahoma State put up a lot of yards offensively, but the Sooners’ defense came through in clutch situations to get off the field and hold the Cowboys to just 13 points.

They recorded six sacks, four interceptions and 13 tackles for loss, and forced the Cowboys to throw the ball 67 times. Oklahoma appears to be an uptrend team according to ESPN’s Bill Connelly’s SP+ rating. A rating that Connelly describes as “a measure of the most sustainable and predictable aspects of football”. If you’re lucky or unassuming in a win, your rating will likely drop. If you’re strong and unlucky to lose, it’s likely to go up.”

Here’s a look at how the Big 12 stack up after Week 12 and how each team ranks nationally at all three stages according to Bill Connelly’s ESPN+ rating.

15. TCU Horned Frogs

Oct 1, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs head coach Sonny Dykes reacts during the first half against the Oklahoma Sooners at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN SP+: 8/21

Attack Rank: 8

Defense Rank: 36

Special Team Rank: 38th

8. Texas Longhorns

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian and his daughter Taylor Sarkisian hold up the sign of the horns after the 38-20 win against West Virginia October 1, 2022 at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman/USA TODAY NETWORK

ESPN SP+: 21.5

Attack Rank: 25

Defense Rank: 19

Special Team Rank: 39th

11. Wildcats of the State of Kansas

10/29/2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman looks at the scoreboard during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN SP+: 19.1

Attack Rank: 32

Defense Rank: 18

Special Team Rank: 49th

16. Oklahoma Formerly

11/19/2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners coach Brent Venables yells at an official during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN SP+: 15.1

Attack Rank: 17

Defense Rank: 46

Special Team Rank: 29th

25. Baylor Bears

09/17/2022; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Dave Aranda talks to his players during a first-half time out against the Texas State Bobcats at McLane Stadium. Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN SP+: 13.1

Attack Rank: 24

Defense Rank: 49

Special Team Rank: 35

28. Oklahoma State Cowboys

OSU head coach Mike Gundy walks to the sidelines during the second quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Nathan J. Fish, The Oklahoma

ESPN SP+: 11.9

Attack Rank: 12

Defense Rank: 85

Special Team Rank: 8th

49. Texas Tech Red Raiders

09/24/2022; Lubbock, Texas, United States; Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Joey McGuire sings the school song after the Red Raiders defeated the Texas Longhorns in overtime at Jones AT&T Stadium and Cody Campbell Field. Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN SP+: 6.2

Attack Rank: 30

Defense Rank: 79

Special Team Rank: 72

50. Iowa State hurricanes

Iowa State head soccer coach Matt Campbell celebrates with running back Breece Hall (left) and quarterback Brock Purdy (right) after Purdy Hall scored a touchdown in the third quarter against TCU Friday, November 26, 2021 at Jack Trice Stadium had missed in Ames. Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

ESPN SP+: 6.1

Attack Rank: 113

Defense Rank: 5

Special Team Rank: 128

60. Kansas Jayhawks

11/27/2021; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold prepares to lead the team onto the field before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN SP+: 3.1

Attack Rank: 13

Defense Rank: 102

Special Team Rank: 129

70. West Virginia Mountaineer

10/29/2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, United States; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown argues with an official against the TCU Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium during the second quarter. Ben Queen USA TODAY Sports

ESPN SP+: -0.04

Attack Rank: 20

Defense Rank: 116

Special Team Rank: 47th

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