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Breaking Down the 2013 Oklahoma Sooners Football Schedule

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Schedule Breakdown: Oklahoma Sooners

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The Oklahoma Sooners are coming into the 2013 season as a team looking for some payback. They entered the 2012 season as a serious national title contender and Landry Jones was supposed to be the guy to lead them there. However, unfortunate underperformance of some offensive players led to a 10-3 record and a tie for first in the Big 12.

Jones had a great season, however, passing for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns while proving his accuracy as well.

Head coach Bob Stoops is hoping last season was just a bit of a fluke – not that 10 wins is a bad thing – because of the astronomically high expectations placed on them with one of the best quarterbacks in the nation returning.

The Sooners are returning seven offensive starters from a team that ranked 15th nationally in total points last season, but the defense took a big hit as they are losing seven starters. While the defense wasn’t the best, losing seven experienced guys is a big blow to a team looking to uphold their top-25 ranking and possibly make a run at another Big 12 title.

Trevor Knight looks to have surprisingly won the quarterback job for the Sooners, but he will have huge shoes to fill.

Oklahoma has a tough road ahead, but with a tough schedule comes some valuable experience at important positions. The Big 12 schedule is never a cake-walk, but with the talent that the Sooners have, a serious run is not out of the question.

Let’s take a look at the Sooners’ schedule for 2013.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Aug. 31: LA Monroe

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Although the Warhawks are one of the up-and-coming teams in college football, this will be no contest for the Sooners. Beating up on LA-Monroe will be relatively simple for this team and I wouldn’t doubt if the starters were out of the game by the fourth quarter. One guy to watch out for is quarterback Kolton Browning because he can put up monster numbers if the Sooners aren’t careful.

PREDICTION: LA-Monroe 14, Oklahoma 48

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Sept. 7: West Virginia

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Losing Geno Smith is a big loss for the Mountaineers, but they will never roll over and accept defeat. However, returning just 11 starters combined on offense and defense will be the recipe for a tough game against the likely-improved Sooners defense.

PREDICTION: West Virginia 24, Oklahoma 42

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Sept. 14: Tulsa

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The Sooners’ first big test will come against the Golden Hurricane. They finished the 2012 season with an 11-3 record and became a scary small conference squad. They are returning many top offensive weapons including quarterback Cody Green and wide out Keyarris Garrett. This will be a shootout of sorts and could go down to the wire. It’s a good thing the Sooners are at home because this would be a scary road game.

PREDICTION: Tulsa 28, Oklahoma 38

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Sept. 28: at Notre Dame

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Notre Dame is coming off a national title appearance and it is surely poised for another top-10 finish. Traveling to South Bend is never an easy task and the Sooners’ first road battle of the season will not end well as it looks like the Fighting Irish are contenders once again.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 21, Notre Dame 24

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Oct. 5: TCU

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TCU has starting quarterback Casey Pachall back once again after the senior underwent substance abuse rehab and is back with the squad. Head coach Gary Patterson is returning 16 starters and he could have a possible two-headed monster at quarterback with Pachall and Trevone Boykin.

PREDICTION: TCU 17, Oklahoma 34

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Oct. 12: Texas

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The Longhorns are one of the top teams in college football and will be the Sooners’ third straight tough game. In a classic Big 12 battle, the Sooners face a team returning 19 starters and returning their starting quarterback, David Ash. This could be the most talented Texas team since their national title appearance in 2009.

PREDICTION: Texas 28, Oklahoma 31

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Oct. 19: at Kansas

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Kansas is known primarily as a basketball school and Charlie Weiss as the team’s head coach has furthered that claim to fame. Weiss is leading a lackluster squad once again into Big 12 play and returning just 11 starters will not be a good sign for a team that was 1-11 last season.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 52, Kansas 10

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Oct. 26: Texas Tech

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The Red Raiders have a new coach and a new quarterback in 2013. Losing quarterback Seth Doege will be a vital blow to the offense and the coaching staff will need a bit of time to get acquainted with the style of play in the Big 12. This game could get pretty ugly.

PREDICTION: Texas Tech 13, Oklahoma 38

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No. 7: Baylor

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Baylor was one of the more potent offenses in the nation last season, but their defense seemed to be giving up touchdown after touchdown every game. The Bears will need to lock down defensively if they even want a shot at keeping the Sooners from scoring 50.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 45, Baylor 27

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Nov. 16: Iowa State

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Finishing the 2012 season with a disappointing 6-7 record, the Cyclones will likely be no contest for the Sooners in 2013. Leading a team into a season with no experienced quarterback under center is devastating -- and that’s exactly what Iowa State will be dealing with.

PREDICTION: Iowa State 14, Oklahoma 28

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Nov. 23: Kansas State

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Losing starting quarterback Collin Klein will be tough because of the fact that he was a Heisman finalist and in order to fill his shoes, the Wildcats would need to steal a top quarterback from another team. That’s not going to happen, however, but the Wildcats will be an offensive team, returning seven starters, while only returning three on defense.

PREDICTION: Kansas State 30, Oklahoma 41

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Dec. 7: Oklahoma State

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Oklahoma State could be the biggest test for the Sooners all season long and what better way to finish the 2013 season than against a huge rival? With the quarterback situation seemingly shaping up well for the Cowboys, the Sooners could possibly find themselves on the wrong side of a close game.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 31, Oklahoma State 34

Oklahoma finishes the season 10-2 and ties for yet another Big 12 title.