It’s June, but with Phil Steele’s College Football Preview magazine in hand, my excitement levels are getting too high for early summer. Players literally just reported back to campus, and are getting their first taste of mandatory summer workouts.
Anyway, the third game of the season for Oklahoma is against an SEC opponent. While I’d love for OU to beat up on Alabama again, they will get a conference rival of the Crimson Tide instead.
The Sooners and Tennessee Volunteers are scheduled for September 13 contest in Norman, which will kickoff at 7 p.m. on either ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. Buy OU football tickets from Totally Tickets.
Gameday could be on hand for this one. As of right now, Oklahoma and Tennessee is the only match-up other than USC and Boston College tabbed for an ESPN primetime game. Regardless, here’s my way-too-early take on OU and Tennessee.
Best Case Scenario: Oklahoma gets an early test, but overpowers an inferior Tennessee team. While no one would complain with an OU blowout victory, an early season test could help the Sooners down the line, especially considering this is still a relatively young Oklahoma squad. Tennessee has no returning starters on either the offensive or defensive line, which could spell trouble with one of the best pass rushing teams in the country wearing crimson, as well as a plethora of running backs looking to make a name for themselves early. With a rowdy home crowd, OU should be able to win easy.
Worst Case Scenario: Tennessee avenges the SEC, and stymies Oklahoma’s offensive attack. The Vols have been a bottom-feeder of the SEC for quite a while and under Butch Jones, this could be the statement the Vols need right before their SEC opener against Georgia. Oklahoma has experienced problems before with big games early in the season, and maybe Tennessee’s group can do just enough to prevent Trevor Knight from breaking it open.
Prediction: Oklahoma 28, Tennessee 10. OU’s offense doesn’t get too wild, but an eighteen point margin gives them a nice out-of-conference win the College Football Playoff Committee will enjoy.