Oklahoma football: Breaking down the Sooners' 2014 schedule

by Ryan Aber Published: November 5, 2013


There were a pair of asterisks on the Big 12 schedule when it was released Tuesday, and both involve the Sooners.

Oklahoma's game at Iowa State could be played either Thursday, Oct. 30, or Saturday, Nov. 1.

Also, the Bedlam game in Norman could be played either Nov. 29 — two days after Thanksgiving — or the next Saturday, Dec. 1.


The Sooners get a quick bye, with a week off after just one game.

After opening against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 30, the Sooners take a week off before hosting Tennessee on Sept. 13.

The other scheduled bye right now is Oct. 25, between the Oct. 18 game against Kansas State and before the game at Iowa State.

Oklahoma could get one more bye if the Bedlam game is played on Dec. 6.

That would give the Sooners (and Cowboys) a bye during Thanksgiving week for the second consecutive season.


The Sooners' final nonconference game will be against a very familiar opponent, Tulsa. But the other two will be against teams Oklahoma hasn't played much.

The opener will be the first meeting between the Sooners and Louisiana Tech. And Oklahoma has never played Tennessee during the regular season. The Sooners and Volunteers met in the Orange Bowl in 1939 and 1968.

Oklahoma makes its first trip to Knoxville, Tenn., in 2015.


It doesn't mean much, but the last seven times Oklahoma and Texas have met on Oct. 11, the teams have alternated wins.

That would be a good sign for the Sooners, who lost the last meeting on that date, 45-35, in 2008.

The streak started with Texas' 27-17 win in 1969.

The Sooners haven't played an opponent other than the Longhorns on Oct. 11 since 1930.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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