SI Take 3: Sooners' 2014 schedule

OU released its 2014 football schedule Tuesday morning and some major storylines have certainly caught the eye.

The three major things you should look for as Oklahoma unveiled its 2014 football schedule Tuesday morning.

Take No. 1: No early conference game

OU's second game of the season this year was against West Virginia, which goes against the norm of having conference games as the final contests of the season.

In 2014 the Sooners will have all their nonconference games knocked out before embarking on the nine-game Big 12 schedule. OU also starts off the conference with back-to-back road games at West Virginia and TCU.

Take No. 2: Gone for a month

Enjoy the Sooners in Norman when you can in September because the Sooners won't see Owen Field for more than a month after the Sept. 13 home date against Tennessee.

With OU being the home team next year against Texas, that takes away one of the games. OU's next true home game is Oct. 18 vs. Kansas State.

Conversely, that means home sweet home for OU in November. The Sooners play three of their last four on the road this season and will play three of their last four at home in 2014.

Take No. 3: Recruiting opportunities are there

OU gets a lot of official visits in September but not necessarily a lot of commits. OU has one major recruiting opportunity against the Volunteers but then things open up during the final month of the season.

No telling how good Baylor and Oklahoma State are going to be, but the Bears come to OU on Nov. 8, while the Cowboys hit OU on either Nov. 29 or Dec. 6. Add in the fact OU will host the recruits for Texas, and the Sooners will have chances in every month of the season to make a splash.

Full schedule

Aug. 30 – vs. Louisiana Tech

Sept. 6 – Bye

Sept. 13 – vs. Tennessee

Sept. 20 – at Tulsa

Sept. 27 – at West Virginia

Oct. 4 – at TCU

Oct. 11 – vs. Texas (in Dallas)

Oct. 18 – vs. Kansas State

Oct. 25 – Bye

Oct. 30 or Nov. 1 – at Iowa State

Nov. 8 – vs. Baylor

Nov. 15 – at Texas Tech

Nov. 22 – vs. Kansas

Nov. 29 or Dec. 6 – vs. Oklahoma State

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