Oklahoma Sooners 2017 Football Schedule and Analysis

A trip to Ohio State highlights a typically challenging schedule for Bob Stoops' Sooners this fall

Once again, Oklahoma enters a season as the consensus favorite to win the Big 12. The Sooners also harbor hopes of securing their second bid to the College Football Playoff in what will be its fourth year in existence.

 

Related: Oklahoma Sooners 2017 Spring Football Preview

 

The schedule puts plenty of roadblocks in their way this year. An away game at Ohio State looks like the marquee game on the slate. But don’t overlook road games against Kansas State and Oklahoma State, two of the top challengers for the Big 12 crown.

 

And there’s always that October game in the Cotton Bowl.

 

2017 Oklahoma Sooners Schedule

 

Bye: Week 5

 

Wk Opp. Date Location
1.

Sept. 3

Norman, OK

The Sooners got off to a rough start last season with a loss in the season opener to Houston. The Miners won’t pose the same kind of threat.

2.

Sept. 9

Columbus, OH

OU heads to the Horseshoe for a chance at payback for last season’s embarrassment at the hands of the Buckeyes. As of now, this might be the only game this season in which the Sooners aren’t favored.

3.

Sept. 16

Norman, OK

After the Columbus road trip, the Sooners get a breather before conference play starts. Willie Fritz should have his team primed to play a blue blood in a possible letdown spot for OU.

4. Sept. 23 Waco, TX

OU opens Big 12 play against the new-look Bears under Matt Rhule. Baylor’s new preference for physical football represents a curveball in the sport’s spread-happiest league. 

6. Oct. 7 Norman, OK

With a rivalry game on deck, the Sooners shouldn’t overlook ISU. Matt Campbell convinced the Cyclones to play hard with little payoff in ‘16. They’ll be looking for an upset in OU’s own house.

7. Oct. 14 Dallas, TX
(Cotton Bowl)

Bob Stoops will downplay the idea that he has some kind of score to settle with Tom Herman after Texas’ first-year head coach engineered Houston’s upset of the Sooners last year. Don’t listen to him.

8. Oct. 21 Manhattan, KS

Red alert: Bill Snyder lies in wait in a serious letdown spot. OU has throttled the Wildcats the last two years by a combined score of 93-17, so it shouldn’t shock anyone if the Sooners enter the game overconfident. KSU is a Big 12 sleeper this season.

9. Oct. 28 Norman, OK

OU won a 66-59 contest last season that was much less fun than it sounds. Tech will have a hard time matching up with prolific QB Patrick Mahomes gone to the NFL. That should have OU’s defenders feeling more confident about actually getting stops.

10.

Nov. 4

Stillwater, OK

Bedlam this season offers a potential preview of the re-configured Big 12 title game. Good idea to move it up on the calendar. Was it a good idea for quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington to come back to OSU for one more year? I’m betting a win over OU would leave them feeling pretty good about the call they made.

11. Nov. 11 Norman, OK

Gary Patterson’s knack for playing the Sooners tough is no secret. Even so, the Horned Frogs need to straighten out plenty on both sides of the ball in the next few months if they want to have a chance to knock off OU. They looked dysfunctional at times last season.

12. Nov. 18 Lawrence, KS

Stoops will no doubt remind his team what happened to Texas last season when the Longhorns ventured to Lawrence late in the year. The Jayhawks, meanwhile, remain on a tediously slow climb back up to respectability.

13. Nov. 25 Norman, OK

Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers didn’t take kindly to OU’s alleged intimidation tactics before their ‘16 meeting in Morgantown. If the ‘Eers want revenge, they’ll need to give a better effort than what we saw in that walloping from the Sooners last November.

 

— 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.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 13:19

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