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An Early Look at the 2024 SEC Schedule

A way-too early look at Oklahoma's 2024 SEC opponents, including projected QB battles, recent recruiting rankings, and a team talent comparison.

In case you somehow missed it, the SEC officially announced the opponents for all 16 SEC teams, including home and away designations. No official dates have been set yet, but college football is a money-generating machine, and the mere announcement of opponents was sure to have the college football world buzzing in the middle of June.

The full breakdown announced tonight:

Oklahoma lands home games against Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee, with the annual Red River Shootout designated as a home game in 2024. With the Tide and the Vols coming to town, it’s sure to be a shot of adrenaline for the city of Norman, a town that hasn’t landed a marquee matchup like Alabama since 2021 when the future Cotton Bowl Champ Tulane swept through the town. Or was it Houston in 2019? Army was a barn-burner in 2018. In all seriousness, you would have to go all the way back to 2016’s marquee matchup with Ohio State when the Buckeyes thumped OU 45-24 behind Noah Brown’s four touchdown receptions from JT Barrett to find a matchup like the one upcoming with Nick Saban. Eight full seasons waiting on a National Championship contender to invade Sooner Nation.

While we have a full season of Big 12 opponents to play this fall, it’s never too early to take a casual glance at what Oklahoma will face after OU joins Texas in the transition to the greatest conference in college football.

We’re heading to the land of sundresses and soul food, get your pom-poms and bourbon ready.

Alabama

Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium Capacity: 101,821

Head Coach: Nick Saban, 17th season, 189–27 (.875) Overall

Overall Record: 953–335–43 (.732) Bowl Record: 46–27–3 (.625)

Playoff Appearances: Seven Playoff Record: 9-4

National Championships: 18 Claimed Last: 2020

Conference Championships: 33 (Southern: 4; SEC: 29) Last: 2021

2022 Record: 11–2 (6–2 SEC)

Last 3 Years: 37-4 (.902), 25-4 SEC (.862)

2023 QB: Jalen Milroe (SO) OR Ty Simpson (RS FR) OR Tyler Buchner (SO/TR)

Projected 2024 QB: Jalen Milroe (JR) OR Ty Simpson (RS SO) OR Tyler Buchner (JR) OR Eli Holstein (RS FR)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 1st, 327.65 Points | 2022: 2nd, 322.25 Points | 2021: 1st, 327.80 Points

Average Class Finish: 1st Overall, 325.90 Points, 1st for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 56th | 2022: 10th | 2021: 16th | 27th Average

South Carolina

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Stadium: Williams-Brice Stadium Capacity: 77,559

Head Coach: Shane Beamer, 3rd season, 15–11 (.577) Overall

Overall Record: 630–605–44 (.510) Bowl Record: 10–15 (.400)

Playoff Appearances: Zero Playoff Record: 0-0

National Championships: Zero Claimed Last: n/a

Conference Championships: 1 (ACC: 1; SEC: 0) Last: 1969

2022 Record: 8-5 (4-4 SEC)

Last 3 Years: 17-19 (.472), 9-16 SEC (.360)

2023 QB: Spencer Rattler (SR)

Projected 2024 QB: Luke Doty (SR) OR LaNorris Sellers (RS FR)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 17th, 255.88 Points | 2022: 24th, 220.16 Points | 2021: 80th, 160.33 Points

Average Class Finish: 40th Overall, 212.12 Points, Last for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 35th | 2022: 8th | 2021: 8th | 17th Average

Tennessee

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Stadium: Neyland Stadium Capacity: 101,915

Head Coach: Josh Heupel, 3rd season, 18–8 (.692) Overall

Overall Record: 867–410–53 (.672) Bowl Record: 30–25 (.545)

Playoff Appearances: Zero Playoff Record: 0-0

National Championships: 6 Claimed Last: 1999

Conference Championships: 16 (13 SEC, 2 Southern, 1 SIAA) Last: 1998

2022 Record: 11-2 (6-2 SEC)

Last 3 Years: 21-15 (.583), 13-13 SEC (.500)

2023 QB: Joe Milton, III (SR)

Projected 2024 QB: Nico Iamaleava (RS FR)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 10th, 277.35 Points | 2022: 17th, 233.22 Points | 2021: 22nd, 219.04 Points

Average Class Finish: 16th Overall, 243.20 Points, 4th for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 40th | 2022: 50th | 2021: 23rdh | 38th Average

Auburn

Hometown: Auburn, Alabama

Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium Capacity: 87,451

Head Coach: Hugh Freeze, 1st Season, 0-0 (83-43 (.659) Career at Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Liberty)

Overall Record: 785–452–47 (.630) Bowl Record: 24–20–2 (.543)

Playoff Appearances: Zero Playoff Record: 0-0

National Championships: 2 Claimed Last: 2010

Conference Championships: 16 (8 SEC, 7 SIAA, 1 Southern) Last: 2013

2022 Record: 5-7 (2-6 SEC)

Last 3 Years: 17-19 (.472), 11-15 SEC (.500)

2023 QB: Payton Thorne (SR TR) OR Robby Ashford (RS SO)

Projected 2024 QB: Robby Ashford (RS JR) OR Holden Geriner (RS SO)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 18th, 241.76 Points | 2022: 21st, 229.35 Points | 2021: 19th, 226.67 Points

Average Class Finish: 19th Overall, 232.59 Points, 5th for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 3rd | 2022: 23rd | 2021: 7th | 11th Average

LSU

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Stadium: Tiger Stadium Capacity: 102,321

Head Coach: Brian Kelly, 2nd season, 10–4 (.714) (176-66 (.727) Career at Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Notre Dame)

Overall Record: 831–430–47 (.653) Bowl Record: 30–24–1 (.555)

Playoff Appearances: 1 Playoff Record: 2-0

National Championships: 4 Claimed Last: 2019

Conference Championships: 16 (12 SEC, 3 SIAA, 1 SoCon) Last: 2019

2022 Record: 10-4 (6-3 SEC)

Last 3 Years: 21-16 (.568), 14-13 SEC (.519)

2023 QB: Jayden Daniels (SR)

Projected 2024 QB: Garrett Nussmeier (RS JR)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 6th, 288.43 Points | 2022: 12th, 245.76 Points | 2021: 3rd, 295.97 Points

Average Class Finish: 7th Overall, 276.72 Points, 3rd for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 2nd | 2022: 3rd | 2021: 17th | 7th Average

Ole Miss

Hometown: Oxford, Mississippi

Stadium: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Capacity: 64,038

Head Coach: Lane Kiffin, 4th Season, 23–13 (.639)

Overall Record: 678–528–35 (.560) Bowl Record: 24–15 (.615)

Playoff Appearances: Zero Playoff Record: 0-0

National Championships: 3 Claimed Last: 1962

Conference Championships: 6 (6 SEC) Last: 1963

2022 Record: 8-5 (4-4 SEC)

Last 3 Years: 23-13 (.639), 14-11 SEC (.560)

2023 QB: Jaxson Dart (JR) OR Spencer Sanders (SR TR)

Projected 2024 QB: Jaxson Dart (SR) OR Walker Howard (RS SO)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 28th, 221.10 Points | 2022: 27th, 217.92 Points | 2021: 17th, 236.71 Points

Average Class Finish: 24th Overall, 225.24 Points, 6th for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 5th | 2022: 2nd | 2021: 53rd | 20th Average

Missouri

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Stadium: Memorial Stadium Capacity: 61,620

Head Coach: Eliah Drinkwitz, 3rd Season, 17–18 (.486)

Overall Record: 701–585–52 (.543) Bowl Record: 15–20 (.429)

Playoff Appearances: Zero Playoff Record: 0-0

National Championships: Zero Claimed Last: n/a

Conference Championships: 15 (3 WIUFA, 12 Big Eight) Last: 1969

2022 Record: 6-7 (3-5 SEC)

Last 3 Years: 17-19 (.472), 11-15 SEC (.423)

2023 QB: Jake Garcia (SO TR)

Projected 2024 QB: Jake Garcia (JR)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 33rd, 211.13 Points | 2022: 15th, 239.35 Points | 2021: 26th, 214.53 Points

Average Class Finish: 25th Overall, 221.67 Points, 7th for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 41st | 2022: 18th | 2021: 19th | 26th Average

Texas

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Stadium: Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium Capacity: 100,119

Head Coach: Steve Sarkisian, 3rd season, 13–12 (.520) Overall

Overall Record: 936–389–33 (.701) Bowl Record: 46–27–3 (.625)

Playoff Appearances: Zero Playoff Record: 0-0

National Championships: 4 Claimed Last: 2005

Conference Championships: 32 (0 SEC) Last: 2009

2022 Record: 8-5 (6-3 Big 12**)

Last 3 Years: 20-15 (.571), 14-12 Big 12** (.538)

2023 QB: Quinn Ewers (RS SO)

Projected 2024 QB: Quinn Ewers (RS JR) OR Arch Manning (RS FR)

Last 3 Recruiting Classes: 2023: 3rd, 306.32 Points | 2022: 5th, 289.04 Points | 2021: 15th, 248.65 Points

Average Class Finish: 8th Overall, 281.34 Points, 2nd for OU’s 2024 SEC Opponents

Last 3 Transfer Classes: 2023: 52nd | 2022: 7th | 2021: 32nd | 30th Average

Team Talent Comparison

Through the 2023 recruiting classes (and 2023 transfer classes), here is the team talent comparison for the last three full recruiting cycles. We will update at the conclusion of the 2024 recruiting cycle prior to the 2024 season.

We realize these numbers do NOT include players who have already left these respective programs, and transfer rankings are fairly arbitrary, especially compared to high school rankings. However, it serves as a good statistical assumption of team talents of the estimated Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes for each school heading into 2024.

TEAM23 Class23 Points3y Avg Rk3y Avg Pt23 Tr Rk3y Tr Avg
Alabama1st327.651st325.9056th27th
Texas3rd306.328th281.3452nd30th
LSU6th288.437th276.722nd7th
OU4th289.037th274.908th4th
Tennessee10th277.3516th243.2040th38th
Auburn18th241.7619th232.593rd11th
Ole Miss28th221.1024th225.245th20th
Missouri33rd211.1325th221.6741st26th
South Carolina17th255.8840th212.1235th17th
247 Composite Rankings

Alabama is clearly a level above the rest, and their recent history as a program should leave no doubt about their team talent level and ability to procure elite classes. It is notable that the next three teams (Texas, LSU, and OU) are all within 7 points by average scores of the last three classes. While Texas is struggling on the trail, history shows they will likely end up with a top 10 class. OU is seemingly recruiting well, and could get close or pass last year’s 4th overall class (289.03 points). And you can always pencil LSU in for a top 8 class. Tennessee is the real wildcard, sitting a full 30 points behind OU. Can they capitalize on their 2022 on-field success? Will they match that level on the field in 2023?

One thing is for certain. Regardless of conference affiliation, Oklahoma and Texas are building rosters to compete with just about anyone in the SEC. How that translates remains the big question. Only 15 months to start finding out.

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