After six straight Big 12 championships, the Oklahoma Sooners had a “down year” by their standards and fell short of the conference title. A down year in Norman is still pretty good, as they finished with an 11-2 record. Brent Venables takes over in Year 1 with hopes of returning to supremacy as Big 12 champs.
They currently have an over/under win total of nine when it comes to college football betting.
Lincoln Riley left for USC and took several transfers with him.
Venables restocked the cupboard, and Dillon Gabriel transferred in from the UCF Knights to lead a high-powered offense headed by new offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby. Venables is known for his defensive prowess and will hope to breathe new life on that side of the ball. Will the Sooners get back into the national championship conversation in 2022?
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Here’s a look at Oklahoma’s schedule with dates, times, opponents, and analysis:
Week 1 – vs. UTEP Miners
Date: September 3
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
This is the fifth meeting between these schools. The Sooners have taken the prior four and should be heavy favorites against Dana Dimel and company.
Week 2 – vs. Kent State Golden Flashes
Date: September 10
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
The first-ever contest between these schools happens this September in Norman. Sean Lewis coaches up a high-powered offense by MAC standards for the Kent State Golden Flashes.
Week 3 – at Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: September 17
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Oklahoma narrowly escaped this matchup with a 23-16 victory a year ago, as the former Big 8 foes renewed this once-storied rivalry. Scott Frost and the Nebraska Cornhuskers are hoping for vast improvement after finishing 3-9 a year ago.
Week 4 – vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Date: September 24
This has been a tricky game for the Sooners lately, as they’ve won only one of the last three meetings. A week after facing Adrian Martinez’s former team, they face his new team in a game that could set the tone for the season for both teams.
Week 5 – at TCU Horned Frogs
Date: October 1
The Sooners have dominated this matchup, winning each of the last eight meetings. The TCU Horned Frogs are under new leadership for the first time in over 20 years as Sonny Dykes takes over for Gary Patterson.
Week 6 – vs. Texas Longhorns
Date: October 8
The Red River Rivalry goes down at its typical neutral site location at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. This game has been decided by razor-thin margins recently, with eight of the last nine games being decided by one score.
Week 7 – vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Date: October 15
The Sooners have won 17 straight games against the Jayhawks. Last year’s 35-23 was far too close for comfort as Oklahoma trailed 10-0 at the half.
Week 8 – BYE
Week 9 – at Iowa State Cyclones
Date: October 29
Oklahoma has won five of the last seven meetings between these schools. The Iowa State Cyclones lost a four-year starter at quarterback and a superstar running back.
Week 10 – vs. Baylor Bears
Date: November 5
The Sooners had won seven straight in this series until the Baylor Bears pulled off a 27-14 win at home last year. The teams return to Norman in one of the biggest games of the Big 12 schedule.
Week 11 – at West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: November 12
Playing in Morgantown is never fun, but the Sooners have dominated this series by winning nine straight. Last year’s 16-13 Oklahoma win was a nail-biter.
Week 12 – vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Date: November 19
It’s Bedlam time in Week 12. The Sooners’ six-game win streak in this series was snapped a year ago when the Oklahoma State Cowboys won 37-33 during rivalry week.
Week 13 – at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: November 26
Oklahoma has won 10 straight meetings between these two schools. Joey McGuire begins Year 1 in Lubbock, and the offense figures to look better under new offensive coordinator Zach Kittley.
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