– Defending champion Redskins are loaded again for a run at their tenth state championship.
– The Trojans have plenty of talent back after an unbeaten regular season a year ago.
– The Bill Blankenship era begins at Owasso and he has several top playmakers to win with.
4) BROKEN ARROW
– A year after making it to the title game, BA took a step back. The pursuit of a title continues.
– Westmoore is absolutely stacked on offense, but will the defense lead them to elite status?
6) NORMAN NORTH
– Norman North had their best season in school history. T’Wolves have to replace a lot on offense.
– Broncos are looking for more after two semifinal appearances in the last three seasons.
8) EDMOND SANTA FE
– Santa Fe was underrated all of last year. The Wolves will look to make more noise this fall.
– Coming off an 0-10 season, expectations are at an all-time high under new head coach Jeremy Reed.
10) EDMOND MEMORIAL
– Bulldogs finish out the top ten, they’re hungry to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
– Three-time defending champion Spartans are primed for another run at the title behind running game.
2) BOOKER T WASHINGTON
– Hornets have plenty of talent back to make a run at their first state title since the split in Class 6A.
3) MIDWEST CITY
– Bombers are in similar boat as the Hornets. They have the talent but need to prove it in the playoffs.
– Wolverines are one of the top teams once again. They’ll look to make it back to a third title game in four years.
5) PUTNAM CITY
– Pirates have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. They’ll be led by arguably the best D-Line in the state.
6) SAND SPRINGS
– The Sandites have been one of the more consistent teams in the last three years, they’ll be contending again.
– After a Rougher resurgence a year ago, a big storyline is how Muskogee will handle newfound high expectations.
– Pioneers nearly found themselves in the semifinals a year ago. They want to take that next step this season.
– Led by junior running back Will Phillips, the Plainsmen have a real shot to make noise in 6A-D2.
10) DEER CREEK
– Under new head coach Wade Standley, the Antlers will look to make it back to the playoffs after 2-8 season.
1) CARL ALBERT
– Defending champion Titans have a new head coach but the expectations don’t change at a program like Carl Albert.
2) BISHOP McGUINNESS
– Irish took the next step by making it to the 5A championship game, they’re hungry for a return this season.
3) LAWTON MACARTHUR
– The Highlanders are gunning for redemption and a state championship after last year’s let down in the semifinals.
– Ardmore’s dangerous rushing attack returns Chantz Scurry. The Tigers will once again be among the state’s best.
5) BISHOP KELLEY
– The Comets have plenty of talent returning on both sides of the ball. They might be the best shot from the eastside.
– The Bulldogs are in year two under head coach Todd Vargas, they want to return to championship form like in 2015.
– Skiatook has become one of the consistently strong programs in 5A football. They’re once again a contender this year.
– Collinsville has fallen short in the playoffs despite high expectations. The Cardinals look to get over the hump this year.
9) DEL CITY
– The Eagles have a new head coach once again but they also have plenty of talent. The Eagles will be a scary team to watch.
– One of the state’s perennial powers hasn’t been that powerful lately. The Blue Jays look to change that this fall.
– Three-time champion Wagoner is gunning for a fourth consecutive title and the history books with 37 straight wins.
2) CASCIA HALL
– The Commandos are getting closer to the promised land after back to back appearances in the 4A semifinals.
– Clinton appears to be back after a few years under the radar. They’ll attempt to reclaim the Class 4A throne.
4) HERITAGE HALL
– First year in 4A was no problem for Heritage Hall, the Chargers will look to take the next step and contend for the title.
– Returning running back Mikey Winston who scored 42 touchdowns last year makes the Hornets a serious contender.
– Tuttle has been knocking on the door the last few years but have been turned away. They want to kick the door in this year.
– Oologah has been at the top of 4A the last three years but after graduating a lot of talent, they might take a step back.
– The Jeff Brickman era begins at Newcastle and quarterback Casey Thompson is reason enough for the fans to be excited.
– Chris Berus takes over an Ada program that has been searching for that 20th championship for over a decade now.
10) METRO CHRISTIAN
– No matter who ends up playing quarterback at Metro, he’s primed to put up big numbers. The Patriots are always a threat.
– The defending champs are on top of 3A after having a dominant offense a year ago. Now they become the hunted.
– Berryhill has to figure out the quarterback position but the Chiefs have talented players everywhere else.
3) JOHN MARSHALL
– Led by running back Devonte Lee, this could be the year that John Marshall takes that next step and wins the title.
– Another team with a dominant running back in Garret Brooks, Stigler could make their deepest playoff run yet.
– On paper, Beggs has one of the more potentially explosive offenses in 3A football, time to prove it on the field.
– Kingfisher is always a force to be reckoned with and a strong running game will lead the Yellowjackets this year.
7) CLAREMORE SEQUOYAH
– Claremore Sequoyah has been knocking on the 3A doorstep for years now, 2017 could be a breakout year for the program.
– After back to back 9-win seasons, Sulphur wants to take that next step and really contend for a state championship.
– Marlow has gradually improved the last few years. 2017 could end up being the year the Outlaws make a deep run.
– Cushing usually has one of the better running games but this year will feature an air attack behind QB Kade Holderread.
– The Falcons dominated on their way to a title last year and have the majority of their talent back for another run.
2) VICTORY CHRISTIAN
– The Conquerors fell short to Millwood in the title game but they have enough firepower to take another shot at the Falcons.
– No surprise here, perennial powerhouse Davis is once again among the state’s best. They look to return to the 2A summit.
4) HOLLAND HALL
– The Dutch started slow but finished strong last year. They want more in their 2nd year playing in the OSSAA.
– After back to back 13-1 seasons, Chisholm is hungry to complete the mission and capture that elusive state championship.
– Washington returns nearly everyone on their offense and the Warriors are primed for a deep run in the playoffs.
7) CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
– While many of the teams in 2A will be led by the running game, Christian Heritage will go to the air to win games.
– Nearly everyone returns for Luther on offense and defense, the Lions could end up making a deep run in the playoffs.
– Another 2A perennial power in the top ten. However, Vian got hit with big graduation losses. Time to reload.
– Similar to Vian, the Warriors lost a lot of key parts of last year’s team, including head coach Mark Lippe.
– 9 out of the last 10 seasons has produced 10 or more wins. With nearly everyone back, Talihina is ready for a title.
– Made it all the way to the championship game but fell short a year ago. It’ll be a season of redemption for the Savages.
3) REJOICE CHRISTIAN
– Explosive offense will lead Rejoice Christian to their deepest run since moving up to 11-man football a few years ago.
– Afton made the semifinals after a 5-6 season the year before. Led by star quarterback Wil Amos, Eagles want more.
– Running back Ryker Hughes was a workhorse with nearly 400 carries last year. Morrison will rely on Hughes again this year.
– Crescent was a surprise team in 2016 but that won’t be the case this year. They return 16 starters on a ten win team.
– Majority of starters return for a Hulbert team that will be led by running back Jacob Bruce, who ran for nearly 2,000 yards.
– Mangum has been making strides in a positive direction the last two years, it appears they’ve been building for this year.
– Minco has been a consistent power the last few seasons but they’re looking for their deepest run in the playoffs yet.
– Coming off their fourth straight ten-win season, Hollis is looking to return to the title game with plenty of starters back.
– Quarterback Joshua Garza has Cyril fans excited and thinking this could be a breakout season for the Pirates.
– Davenport is gunning for their second title in three years, they definitely have the firepower to get the job done.
– Nearly everyone is back for Depew after a breakout season that led them to the semifinals, they’re back for more.
– Perennial Class C power Shattuck had no problems moving up to Class B last year and want to return to title glory.
– Laverne made it back on top the Class B mountain top last year, winning their third state title in five years.
– 2016 was without a doubt a down year for the Foxes but this Class B power is looking to bounce back in 2017.
– Arkoma came out of nowhere to be a contender last season. They had one of the best air attacks in Class B.
– Maysville has a lot of potential this year but a tough early schedule will prove what they can do this year.
– Waurika has plenty of momentum after back to back winning seasons, they look to take that next step in the playoffs.
– After back to back losses in the semifinals, the Outlaws are tired of missing out on the state championship fun.
– Defending champon Tigers have the chance to be the next great 8-man dynasty as they have enough to make another run.
2) REGENT PREP
– Regent Prep might have the best offense in the state with the ability to put up video game numbers all season long.
– Sharon-Mutual will rely on the return of running back Alex Carter, who ran for nearly 2,000 yards a season ago.
4) SOUTHWEST COVENANT
– Southwest Covenant has been a borderline contender for the last few years but they could turn into a sure contender this year.
– Another perennial 8-man powerhouse that’s returning their quarterback. What’s not to like about Bluejacket?
– Timberlake could be a team on the rise this season behind a potent passing attack led by quarterback Joey Najera.
– It was a breakout season for Kremlin-Hillsdale a year ago. Now they look to become a consistent winner in Class C.
– Coyle looks to return to the state championship game and it appears that they have the horses to do it this season.
– Grandfield has a new head coach but the expectations aren’t changing anytime soon. They expect to go far in the playoffs.
10) POND CREEK-HUNTER
– Rounding out the top ten is another 8-man powerhouse. The Panthers are looking to make it back to the title game and win it this year.