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It seems like we've been here before. Oklahoma is starting the 2011 season as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation, and there are a plethora of reasons behind the choice.
At the end of the day, Bob Stoops has easily one of the best teams in the nation at his command, and the Big 12 conference doesn't show too many danger signs for the Sooners.
Last season, OU went a long way towards dispelling the BCS Jinx or BCS Curse or whatever one chooses to call it, with this impressive win over Big East champion Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.
This season, Oklahoma is hoping to build on that BCS win and ride the momentum all the way to New Orleans and the BCS Championship Game.
In order to do that, they'll need only to get past a trip to Florida State on September 17 and a trip to Stillwater to face in-state foe Oklahoma State to wrap up the season on November 26. Beyond those two games, there shouldn't be any problems on the Sooners' schedule.
Operative words there are “shouldn't be.” We all know that any team—particularly Oklahoma—is susceptible to mid-season upsets that no one sees coming that rearrange the entire postseason outlook.
If Sooners fans are correct, and the BCS Curse has been exorcised from Norman, then the Sooners should be just fine in 2011, and we should expect to see them booking a trip to New Orleans for the second week in January.
BCS or Bust: BCS