Many college football teams are preparing for a long, uphill battle this season in order to make it to the top. For the preseason No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, the only way to go is down.
They will face hurdles throughout the season that they will have to jump in order to stay on top, but finding a way to overcome adversity is a key factor in a winning season.
The Sooners have won the Big 12 crown in four of the last five seasons, and they have won a total of seven Big 12 crowns in the Bob Stoops era (1999-present).
They look poised to win their eighth this season, especially with conference foes Nebraska and Colorado playing elsewhere and arch-rival Texas going through a rebuilding year.
But the stakes remain high for an OU team who is destined to win their first national championship since 2000, and a Big 12 crown is the first step.
Last week I wrote an article describing the 10 reasons OU would remain on top throughout the year. You can read that article here.
But to find out what hurdles OU may have to face, click on to the next slide.