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Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Football Schedule and Analysis

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Oklahoma enters the 2016 season as one of the favorites to make it back to the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row. To do so, head coach Bob Stoops will need to find players to replace studs such as wide receiver Sterling Shepard, cornerback Zack Sanchez and linebacker Eric Striker.

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He also will need his team to navigate one of the toughest schedules in college football. In addition to the Big 12’s typically daunting nine-game slate, Stoops and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione have lined up a rough group of non-conference games that include a perennial power and one of the best mid-major programs in the country.

If the Sooners do find their way back into college football’s final four, they will have earned it.

Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Schedule

Byes: Week 4, 13

— Written by Allen Kenney, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Kenney is founder and editor of BlatantHomerism.com and host of the Blatant Homerism Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BlatantHomerism.