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OU schedule analysis: Sept. 17 date at Florida state looming large for Sooners

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: August 29, 2011
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SEPT. 3 VS. TULSA

A good test for a defense that expects to be vastly improved. Tulsa returns 18 starters, including 10 from an offense that averaged 41.4 points and 506 yards.


SEPT. 17 AT FLORIDA STATE

The Seminoles' potent pass rush will provide a formidable road test. Don't place too much stock in a 47-17 rout last year. OU is 4-5 in true road games the past two years.

SEPT. 24 VS. MISSOURI

The Tigers, returning a ton of talent, upset the Sooners when they were ranked No. 1 last season. But that game was in Columbia. This one is in Norman.

OCT. 1 VS. BALL STATE

David Letterman's alma mater was 4-8 last season but returns 17 starters. Since 1990, the Cardinals are 1-38 on the road against BCS teams.

OCT. 8 VS. TEXAS

The Longhorns have many questions following a surprising 5-7 meltdown. It's anyone's guess how quickly two new coordinators can make an impact in Austin.

OCT. 15 AT KANSAS

Turner Gill faces a huge challenge just to be competitive in the revamped Big 12. The Jayhawks hope a crop of young players can lay a solid foundation.

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