OU football: OU schedule is more manageable this season

With the upcoming bye week, the Sooners have two weeks to prepare for what will be a tough trip to Notre Dame on Sept. 28.
by Jason Kersey Published: September 15, 2013

Early pick: OU 63, Texas 17

AT KANSAS, OCT. 19

Current record: 1-1 (0-0 Big 12)

Outlook: The Jayhawks have lost 23 straight games against FBS opponents.

Early pick: OU 58, Kansas 3

VS. TEXAS TECH, OCT. 26

Current record: 3-0 (1-0 Big 12)

Outlook: First-year coach Kliff Kingsbury and freshman quarterback Baker Mayfield has Texas Tech playing well. Tech won on its last trip to Norman two years ago, and this year's Red Raiders are much better than that team. This now appears to be the best game on a pretty bad OU home schedule.

Early pick: OU 34, Texas Tech 21

AT BAYLOR, NOV. 7

Current record: 2-0 (1-0 Big 12)

Outlook: Art Briles has Baylor in position to have the best season in school history. The Bears look as strong as anyone in the conference, especially on offense. OU lost on its last trip to Waco two years ago.

Early pick: Baylor 34, OU 31

VS. IOWA STATE, NOV. 16

Current record: 0-2 (0-0 Big 12)

Outlook: Iowa State always plays hard for coach Paul Rhoads, but the Cyclones appear to be in for a really long 2013 season.

Early pick: OU 59, Iowa State 14

AT KANSAS STATE, NOV. 23

Current record: 2-1 (0-0 Big 12)

Outlook: K-State shocked the Sooners in Norman a year ago, but that team had Collin Klein. This team still has Bill Snyder — so anything is possible — but these Wildcats don't seem to have the talent to keep up with OU.

Early pick: OU 37, Kansas State 16

AT OKLAHOMA STATE, DEC. 7

Current record: 3-0 (0-0 Big 12)

Outlook: The Cowboys are still the Big 12 favorites, and rightly so. OSU will also certainly be looking to avenge last year's overtime loss in Norman. But Bob Stoops is 7-1 against Mike Gundy, and in that one loss, OSU had Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. These teams appear much more evenly matched.

Early pick: OU 41, OSU 38


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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