NORMAN — Blake Bell's first career road start could be inside the defending national champion's home.
Bell, the heir apparent to Landry Jones as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, and the Sooners open the 2013 football season with three home games and a bye week before a Sept. 28 game at Notre Dame, which is currently unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Here are five other interesting elements of the Sooners' 2013 football schedule, which was released Tuesday by the Big 12 Conference.
EARLY WEST VIRGINIA VISIT
Fans who enjoyed Oklahoma's shoot-out victory at West Virginia last weekend won't have to wait long into the 2013 season for a rematch.
The Mountaineers make their first trip to Norman since 1982, and their first ever as a conference foe. Fortunately for OU, Tavon Austin and Geno Smith are seniors this year.
EASY ON THE BYES
The Sooners are off Sept. 21, Nov. 2 and Nov. 30 next season — each one week before trips to Notre Dame, Baylor and Oklahoma State, respectively.
The byes add much balance to the schedule than the marathon OU has experienced in 2012.
OU's last bye this season came the weekend of Sept. 29, a week after their third game of the season — a 24-19 home loss to Kansas State.
JACKSON RETURNS TO NORMAN
Receiver Kameel Jackson — who played some as a true freshman last season, was indefinitely suspended and then booted from the team in August — transferred to Louisiana-Monroe, which travels to Norman on Aug. 31 for both team's season opener.
Jackson is sitting this year out, per NCAA rules for FBS transfers, meaning his first game back in action will be against his former teammates and inside his old home stadium.
RED RIVER GAME SLATED FOR OCT. 12
The Sooners' 2013 trip to Dallas for the Red River Rivalry against Texas is scheduled for Oct. 12.
Oklahoma hosts TCU, which will play its first game in Norman as a Big 12 opponent, a week before playing Texas, and travels to Kansas the following week.
The Longhorns are at Iowa State the week before OU, and have a bye the weekend after facing the Sooners.
BEDLAM TO CONCLUDE 2013 SLATE
Next year's Bedlam game in Stillwater will be played on Saturday. Dec. 7, which is the last regular season date.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are both off the week before Bedlam, and will play one of just two Big 12 games scheduled for that final weekend; the other is Texas at Baylor.
The Bedlam game also concludes a tough stretch for the Sooners; they'll play three of their last four games on the road.
Oklahoma 2013 schedule
Aug. 31 Louisiana-Monroe
Sept. 7 West Virginia
Sept. 14 Tulsa
Sept. 21 Bye
Sept. 28 at Notre Dame
Oct. 5 TCU
Oct. 12 Texas (Cotton Bowl, Dallas)
Oct. 19 at Kansas
Oct. 26 Texas Tech
Nov. 2 Bye
Nov. 9 at Baylor
Nov. 16 Iowa State
Nov. 23 at Kansas State
Nov. 30 Bye
Dec. 7 at Oklahoma State