The 2014 Oklahoma Sooners will enter the season with a lot of expectations after a great finish to last season. The Sooners defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 45-31 in last year’s Sugar Bowl behind their up tempo offense. The Tide had difficulties slowing down the explosive offense that the Sooners displayed and this has led to some big time expectations for Oklahoma this coming season.
The Sooners entered the 2013 season with a quarterback controversy between Blake Bell and Trevor Knight. Knight started off the 2013 season pretty well, but went down due to injury which opened the door for Bell. Bell didn’t have as much success, but still kept the Sooners alive in the Big 12 race. Knight’s coming out party was against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and heading into 2014 there is no controversy at quarterback for Oklahoma.
The Sooners feel they have their best quarterback since Sam Bradford last played for Oklahoma in 2009. The Sooners are used to having pro style quarterbacks that are extremely accurate and pass for thousands of yards. Knight isn’t in that mold as he is more of a dual threat quarterback that can beat defenses with his legs and arm. This has made the Sooners a dangerous team entering 2014 and a serious candidate to make the first annual college football playoff.
The key to success in 2014 for Oklahoma will certainly be dependent upon the play of Knight. If he can perform consistently like he did against Alabama in last year’s Sugar Bowl the Sooners will certainly be right in the mix for a bid to the first ever college football playoff. He has to avoid injury and continue to work on his passing game and he will be one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
One of the most underrated factors to a team’s success in a given season is without question schedule difficulty. This doesn’t just mean who you play, but more importantly where do you play them and when do you play them. The Sooners 2014 schedule sets up nicely for them and very well may get them a bid to the four team playoff.
Oklahoma has an out of conference game against the Tennessee Volunteers from the SEC, but the Volunteers are in a rebuilding state so this is not your typical SEC powerhouse that the Sooners will be going up against.
The Sooners also have key road games in conference against TCU and Texas Tech. All of these matchups are built around the annual Red River Rivalry against long time foe Texas. The records are always thrown out the window when Texas and Oklahoma meet and you just have to look to 2013 to see that’s true as the Longhorns upset the Sooners 36-20.
Here is the full 2014 Oklahoma Sooners’ schedule as they start their quest to make the first annual college football playoff.
Saturday, August 30, 2014- Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Saturday, September 6, 2014- @ Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Saturday, September 13, 2014- Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday, September 20, 2014- @ West Virginia Mountaineers
Saturday, September 27, 2014- No Game
Saturday, October 4, 2014- @ TCU Horned Frogs
Saturday, October 11, 2014- Texas Longhorns (Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas)
Saturday, October 18, 2014- Kansas State Wildcats
Saturday, October 25, 2014- No Game
Saturday, November 1, 2014- @ Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday, November 8, 2014- Baylor Bears
Saturday, November 15, 2014- @ Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday, November 22, 2014- Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, November 29, 2014- No Game
Saturday, December 6, 2014- Oklahoma State Cowboys