Game-By-Game Predictions for Oklahoma's 2014 Season
After going on the road and beating their archrival Oklahoma State to cap off the regular season, the Sooners followed it up with a breakthrough win against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
It was a coming out party of sorts for quarterback Trevor Knight, giving Bob Stoops and his staff plenty to be excited about heading into this season. Knight was simply phenomenal in the win over the Crimson Tide, and if he plays at that kind of level in 2014, no defense will be able to stop this Sooner attack.
Meanwhile, the defense should be outstanding with a ton of talent returning up front. So in terms of the product on the field, Oklahoma obviously has what it takes to compete for a Big 12 title.
But what about competing for a national championship? Will that be in the cards for Stoops' team next season?
Let's run through the schedule and predict how things will shake out this season in Norman.
8/30/14 - vs. Louisiana Tech (WIN)
As is the case in any new season, the first game is usually never perfect. The Sooners will get important reps here in a blowout win over the Bulldogs.
9/6/14 - at Tulsa (WIN)
Oklahoma hits the road to take on an in-state Tulsa team that only won three games a season ago. It was a shellacking last year in Norman, and it'll be a shellacking this year in Tulsa.
9/13/14 - vs. Tennessee (WIN)
If this game were later in the season, Oklahoma may have had its hands full. But Tennessee will still be working out the kinks on offense and trying to find consistency at quarterback. The Vols have a few young weapons at their disposal, but the Sooner defense will do enough to keep them at bay.
9/20/14 - at West Virginia (WIN)
Last year's meeting between these two was a 16-7 slugfest. My guess is that we'll see much higher scoring this time around, at least from the Sooners. Oklahoma wins a game that will probably be tight for a half.
10/4/14 - at TCU (WIN)
TCU did not fare well in year two of the Big 12 experiment, winning only four games on the season. The Horned Frogs should have a good enough defense to make life hard on Knight and company, but the offense won't be able to keep up. The Sooners win by a few touchdowns.
10/11/14 - vs. Texas (WIN)
I'm of the belief that Charlie Strong will do just fine at Texas. But this won't be the year that he lands his first win in the Red River Shootout (or the AT&T Red River Showdown as it's now called). Oklahoma pulls away late for the win.
10/18/14 - vs. Kansas State (WIN)
Kansas State is always a tough game regardless of the talent of the other team. The Sooners found a way to win in Manhattan last season and they should be able to win a little more comfortably at home this year.
11/1/14 - at Iowa State (WIN)
The Cyclones are going to struggle next season. So, that doesn't exactly bode well for their chances against a team that will be sitting at 7-0 entering the contest.
11/8/14 - vs. Baylor (WIN)
Most seem to think that the winner of this game will find itself in the Big 12 driver's seat. That's probably a fair assessment since the Bears return a lot of talent, but they also lost a lot as well. The biggest advantage for the Sooners here is that the game is in Norman. That will make all the difference in what should be a fun game to watch.
11/15/14 - at Texas Tech (WIN)
This one has trap game written all over it. A week after a huge battle with Baylor, the Sooners must hit the road to take on Kliff Kingsbury's squad. Expect this game to go right down to the wire, but with an undefeated season at stake, Knight leads a late drive to give Oklahoma the victory.
11/22/14 - vs. Kansas (WIN)
The Jayhawks' Big 12 slate is pretty brutal with games at Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State, and here against Oklahoma. There's no way the Sooners lose this game with a shot at perfection on the line.
12/6/14 - vs. Oklahoma State (WIN)
An undefeated season comes down to this. And getting the Cowboys at home is yet another reason why Oklahoma's schedule sets up perfectly. This game will be tight the entire way, however, Oklahoma blows it open in the fourth quarter, completing the march to perfection.
Oklahoma 2014 Projected Record: 12-0 (9-0)
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