As they do every year, the Sooners have put together a very challenging non-conference schedule to go along with the always tough Big 12 schedule. However, many are feeling that this year, with the state of them team, the Sooners are biting off more than they can chew.
Oklahoma starts the year with five straight games before an off week. That alone is taxing on any team, much less one with an extremely tough schedule like Oklahoma's.
The Sooners start with three straight home games against Utah State, Florida State, and Air Force. These three games are followed by a trip to Cincinnati and the annual game with Texas in Dallas.
After their off week, the Sooners alternate home and away games by hosting Iowa State, traveling to Mizzou, hosting Colorado, traveling to Texas A&M and hosting Texas Tech. They close the year with road games at Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Is this a tough schedule? Absolutely.
Is it too much? I don't think so at all.
Many critics are pointing to last year's debacle as proof that this schedule is way too challenging for the Sooners.
The Sooners lost four of their five games by a total of 12 points while not having the reigning Heisman Trophy winner along with numerous other starters. Oklahoma easily could have been in a BCS bowl game with a full complement of players.
This schedule will challenge the Sooners, but all of the extremely tough games will be played at Owen Field or on the Cotton Bowl. This bodes extremely well for the Sooners, who have won 30 straight games in Norman.
Cincinnati will be a tough road test, but the Bearcats lost many stars on offense and their defense struggle mightily down the stretch last year, so I don't think that will be as difficult as most are making it out to be.
Oklahoma has many questions to answer, but if they are able to come together as a team and get their problems solved, they will once again be contending for a Big 12 title and possibly a national championship.