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Road Schedule: Notre Dame, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas at the Cotton Bowl
Oklahoma has plenty of issues this season, including its quarterback, and a secondary that leaves a little something to be desired.
Looking at the Sooners' road schedule, it's easy to see them losing three of the five games away from home.
Notre Dame handled them in Norman last season, and while Everett Golson is out for the season and Manti Te'o has departed for the NFL and better girlfriends, the Irish have home-field advantage in 2013. This is not to say that the Sooners couldn't win this game, but the Irish defense is loaded with playmakers such as Louis Nix, Prince Shembo and Stephon Tuitt.
It will be a tough one.
Baylor and Kansas State should both be wins, but Art Briles has managed to produce explosive offenses each of the past three seasons, and running back Lache Seastrunk is back to lead the offense. In Manhattan, KS, Coach Snyder is a wizard, and has been able to field a competitive team each of the past few years. Whether he can continue to do so without his star quarterback remains to be seen.
Bedlam is going to be tough, as Oklahoma State is stacked on offense, likes to pass the ball, and the Sooners are going to struggle against the pass. This is not a recipe for much success.
The Red River Shootout is going to be a struggle, as well, though not a true road game, as the Longhorns return 19 of their 2012 starters, and are going to be tough to beat with a punishing rushing attack and stout defense.