While I think the Big 12 is arguably the toughest conference next to the SEC, the Oklahoma Sooners seem to have received a bit of a break from the schedule. Sure, they will play teams such as Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, but all three of those games are in Norman, giving the Sooners a slight edge.
I don't know if you have seen the Texas Longhorns lately, but until that quarterback position is fixed and they can score points consistently, I don't see an upset in the Red River Rivalry. Not to mention, that defense did allow 345 total yards to Wyoming, and Texas lost to Oklahoma by a score of 55-17 just last season.
Really, the toughest game for the Sooners this season will be the late-season trip to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers. West Virginia is one of the more difficult atmospheres to play in for visiting teams, and that offense, led by quarterback Geno Smith, is no joke.
A trip to Fort Worth, taking on TCU for the regular-season finale, will be tough, but how will the Horned Frogs fare in their first season in the Big 12 against a veteran Oklahoma squad?
Overall, the path to a possible national championship could have been much more difficult. Bob Stoops' club would certainly like to take advantage of the home games that they were awarded with this year.