Oklahoma’s nonconference schedule one of the weakest in the Power Five


The season is vastly approaching as we are toward the end of June, and one of the biggest recruiting weekends is behind us.

Berry Tramel with The Oklahoman (subscription required) ranked every Power Five team’s nonconference schedules ahead of the 2023 season. The Oklahoma Sooners came in at No. 60.

Georgia not being on the schedule greatly affects the level of difficulty the Sooenrs will face in their nonconference.

Arkansas State, Southern Methodist, at Tulsa. The Sooners were scheduled to host Georgia, which would have greatly changed the looks of this trio. – Tramel, The Oklahoman

The Sooners’ schedule is very favorable after the cancellation of the Georgia game. Georgia was slated to come to Norman, but the Sooners couldn’t make the return trip to Athens, Georgia with the move to the SEC on the horizon.

The Sooners replaced the Bulldogs with SMU for 2023. SMU, in my opinion, is one of the best Group of Five schools out there. However, they are losing a lot from last year’s team, including starting quarterback and former Sooner, Tanner Mordecai.

They also added 41 new scholarship players, which represent 48.2% of their scholarship roster compared to last season. Now, no shot at SMU, but they aren’t Georgia.

The nonconference schedule combined with their conference slate is why most fans believe a nine-plus win season is very much attainable. It should happen or there are real problems.

This year is going to show if Brent Venables is the guy or not in my opinion. The schedule lines up perfectly, and the staff went to work fixing some of the holes from the previous season.

If they don’t have a successful season, the national noise will only grow louder.

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