Strength of Schedule: Tulsa

Strength of Schedule: Tulsa

In-state foe will provide little resistance in Sooners' non-conference schedule

A quick trip up the road in Week 2 will round out the easiest portion of the Sooners' 2014 schedule. A noon matchup against Tulsa on Sept. 6 is also the second-easiest game of the season for Oklahoma.

2. Tulsa

2013 record: 3-9

Last year vs. OU: 51-20, Oklahoma

Why this game is dangerous: A lulling time of the day: Noon. One week before a big SEC showdown with Tennessee. Playing the littlest brother in the state rivalry. Tulsa, which has seven starters returning on offense, is looking for a marquee victory in its first season in the American Athletic Conference. All of these could be potentially catastrophic. And let's not forget, the Golden Hurricane is only one year removed from an 11-win season.

Players to watch: Linebacker Eric Striker could be in for a HUGE day when the Sooners take the quick trip to the east. Tulsa lost 81 career combined starts on its offensive line last year – three players (Stetson Burnett, Jake Alexander and Gabe Moyer). The remaining roster has only 29 starts total. Burnett had 42 alone. Striker, a dynamic pass rusher who had seven sacks last year, could have a field day. Expect Charles Tapper to be in the backfield plenty as well.

Prediction: Tulsa might hope, but Oklahoma shouldn't let it happen. The Sooners shine offensively against a team that allowed more than 30 points per game last season. Trevor Knight will have all the time in the world to throw behind the veteran offensive line and should pick apart the Tulsa secondary that is known for taking risks, 48-10.

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