College Football 2011: Breaking Down the Oklahoma Sooners' Schedule

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College Football 2011: Breaking Down the Oklahoma Sooners' Schedule
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As the Big 12 Conference in its former format fades into the sunset, Oklahoma and the other nine conference teams must make adjustments.

The biggest change will be a round-robin format, where the remaining 10 teams will play each other every year in a 9-game conference schedule.

NCAA rules limit FBS teams to a total of 12 regular-season games, so this means only three non-conference games for the league's teams from this point forward.

This may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of view.

Will this mean less marquee non-conference games featuring Big 12 teams pitted against other top programs across the country?

It should not matter to the Sooners since they already play one of the toughest schedules in the country every year. The addition of another conference game against a Big 12 member will more than make up for the loss of a non-conference foe in most years.

What effect will the lack of a title game have on the conference champion when it comes to selecting a BCS representative?

With Oklahoma expected to start the season at the top of the polls, this is a fact: if they win, they're in.

While the new alignment means the schedule for next year is not finalized as of yet, the Team in Crimson and Cream does know the identity of each opponent they will face.

Let's break down these games and have a closer look at the 2011 Oklahoma football season.

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