Oklahoma football fans, hang in there. The 2013 regular season is fewer than seven months away.
The Sooners' matchup with Louisiana-Monroe Aug. 31 will kick off a challenging and exciting schedule for the crimson and cream.
In addition to the annual clash with Texas, Oklahoma must face several key conference opponents on the road.
There's also a key non-conference rematch to be played in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 28. The Sooners are already dreaming of payback.
Here are the five biggest games on the Sooners' 2013 schedule. Broadly, what makes these games important are the quality of the opponent, relevance in the conference standings and/or the anticipation of the matchup. Rivalry games also get boosts because of their intrigue and implications.