Friday August 7th, 2015

Oklahoma suffered through a subpar 8-5 season in 2014, which ended with a 40-6 rout at the hands of Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The Sooners return seven starters to an offense that averaged 36.2 points per game, including All-Big 12 running back Samaje Perine, who set a NCAA single-game record with 427 rushing yards against Kansas.

But defense is Oklahoma's biggest issue, especially with a pass defense that ranked 117th in the country. Last year, the team gave up 276 passing yards per game and nearly 13 yards per completion.

Oklahoma starts the season against Akron before facing their first big test against Tennessee on the road the following week.

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Schedule:

9/5 vs. Akron (7 p.m. ET)

9/12 at Tennessee (6:00 p.m ET, ESPN)

9/19 vs. Tulsa (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1)

10/3 vs. West Virginia (TBD)

10/10 vs. Texas* (TBD)

10/17 at Kansas State (TBD)

10/24 vs. Texas Tech (TBD)

10/31 at Kansas (TBD)

11/7 vs. Iowa State (TBD)

11/14 at Baylor (TBD)

11/21 vs. TCU (TBD)

11/28 at Oklahoma State (TBD)

* Game to be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas

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