Game-by-game preview of Oklahoma’s 2014 football schedule: An undefeated regular season?Posted: February 25, 2014
Sat, Aug. 30 – Louisiana Tech – The Sooners’ home-opener against Louisiana Tech should serve as a good warm-up for tougher tasks down the road. The Sooners averaged 223 rushing yards per game in 2013. Expect them to get that run game started against Louisiana Tech en route to a win. Likely record: 1-0
Sat, Sept 13 – Tennessee – The Sooners meet the Vols for the first time since the 1968 Orange Bowl. The Vols are rebuilding their program under Butch Jones, but the Sooners are more talented. The Vols will start five new offensive linemen which gives the Sooners run defense a chance to make plays in the backfield. The Sooners ranked second in the Big 12 in rushing defense in 2013, and they will shut down the Tennessee run game in this one. Likely record: 2-0
Sat, Sept 20 – @ Tulsa – The in-state rivalry against Tulsa is hardly a rivalry. The Golden Hurricane were just 3-9 last year, and the Sooners will roll in this contest. Likely record: 3-0.
Sat, Sept 27 – @ West Virginia – Morgantown is a tough place to play, but the ‘Eers ranked last in pass defense and second-to-last in total defense in 2013. They will have to make significant improvements in that area, or Trevor Knight and company will run up the score in Morgantown. Likely record: 4-0.
Sat, Oct 4 – @ TCU – TCU played the Sooners close in each of the last two years, but the Sooners benefit from getting the Frogs early on in the year. TCU will have a new quarterback under center in a new offense, so the Sooner defense will have the advantage here. The Sooners are 8-4 all-time against the Horned Frogs. Likely record: 5-0.
Sat, Oct 11 – Texas – Ah, the Red River Rivalry. Anything can happen. A new chapter in this rivalry starts in 2014 with Charlie Strong now patrolling the Texas sidelines. Texas thumped the Sooners last year, so as if extra motivation was needed, the Sooners have extra motivation to play well in 2014. The Sooners have won three of the last four in this series. Expect them to make it four of the last five in 2014. Likely record: 6-0.
Sat, Oct 18 – Kansas State – Bill Snyder’s Kansas State teams are always tough to play against because of the physical, disciplined style they play. The Sooners benefit from playing this game in Norman. The Wildcats will want to run the ball, but the Sooners return a talented nucleus on a defense that ranked second in the Big 12 in stopping the run in 2013. Likely record: 7-0.
Thu, Oct 30 OR Sat, Nov 1 – @ Iowa State – Iowa State ranked last in the Big 12 in total defense, rushing defense, total defense, sacks, sacks against and penalties in 2013. They have too much improving to do before they compete with a team like the Sooners. Likely record: 8-0.
Sat, Nov 8 – Baylor – The Sooners must get consistent play from their second cornerback who will replace Aaron Colvin in the secondary. The Sooners were blown out by Baylor in 2013, and many are asking where the Sooners are most likely to stumble in 2014. The answer: against Baylor. The Bears may keep the game close, but almost no one goes into Norman and wins. Likely record: 9-0.
Sat, Nov 15 – @ Texas Tech – Texas Tech was the most undiciplined team in the Big 12 in 2013. They ranked last in the Big 12 in turnovers and second-to-last in penalties. The Red Raiders will have to play more disciplined to beat the Sooners in 2014. Most likely, TTU will not play enough defense to pull off the upset. Likely record: 10-0.
Sat, Nov 22 – Kansas – Before beating West Virginia in November 2013, Kansas had not won a Big 12 game since they beat Colorado in 2010. The Sooners easily dispose of the Jayhawks. Likely record: 11-0.
Sat, Nov 29 OR Sat, Dec 6 – Oklahoma State – What a game this would be in the Sooners have an 11-0 record and a trip to the BCS playoff on the line. Once again, the Sooners are fortunate to play this game at home. The Cowboys have not won in Norman since 2001, and their struggles will continue in Norman in 2014. Likely record: 12-0.
That’s right. The Sooners have a chance at an undefeated regular season in 2014. The media will pick them as the preseason favorite to win the Big 12, and their depth and talent will hold up over a difficult 12 game stretch. With a 12-0 regular season record, the Sooners will take part in the inaugural college football playoff.