Why OU Will Sweep the Non-Conference Slate

The Sooners have a tough nonconference slate this year, so now that kickoff's only 47 days away, it's time to break into it a little bit.

Here are some reasons why OU will take care of business and go into the conference season undefeated.

1. Home sweet home—While the schedule features the likes of Florida State, Air Force and Cincinnati, two of those three are at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and the fourth game on the out-of-conference slate, the opener against Utah State, is also at home. So, three of the Sooners' four nonconference matchups come at the friendly confines of Norman.

2. Opponents' coaching changes—Consider that the two major foes on this part of the schedule have new coaches this year. For the Florida State Seminoles, it's Jimbo Fisher replacing the legendary Bobby Bowden. The Cincinnati Bearcats now have former Central Michigan University head coach Butch Jones as their replacement for Brian Kelly, who took the Notre Dame job. So undoubtedly, that's a reason why both of those games will be easier this fall.

3. History—The Sooners are 35-6 in non-conference games under head coach Bob Stoops, good for an .854 winning percentage over 41 games. And prior to last season, OU won all four of its nonconference games in both of the previous two years, part of a string of seven of the last 10 seasons that the Sooners have completed a perfect non-conference slate during the regular season.

So, these are a few of the reasons why OU should be undefeated win it faces Texas on October 2.

For why OU might lose one of these, check here.

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