Oklahoma Football: What Are Roadblocks to Undefeated Season?
After a big win against the hated Texas Longhorns, the Oklahoma Sooners look strong. That said, there are still a few questionable games left on their schedule.
The Sooners will have to continue to play excellent football and not make the mistake of underestimating their opponents if they plan to go undefeated on their way to a national title.
Which games look to be possible roadblocks for the Sooners chances at an undefeated season? Read on to find out.
5) Iowa State
We start with the least likely upset, the Iowa State Cyclones. Is there any chance Iowa State actually wins in Norman? Probably not, but this is the only real trap game OU has on their schedule.
The Sooners have to into Waco to face Robert Griffin III the week before the Iowa State game and then go into Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys the week after. If that isn't a recipe for a possible trap game then I don't know what is.
Could the Cyclones pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season? Will OU be caught tired from their last game and looking ahead to the biggest game of the season? Only time will tell, but this game does have a chance to be a crazy one if everything falls Iowa State's way.
4) Texas A&M
Texas A&M began the season as one of the few teams in the Big 12 people thought could challenge OU for the conference crown. Since then, they've run into a string of tough games. They gave up first half leads to both the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Arkansas Razorbacks and then almost let Texas Tech come back and beat them last week.
However, this team did almost the exact same thing last year. They lost to OK State, Arkansas, and Missouri before reeling off six straight victories to end the season. Included in that impressive run was a 33-19 trouncing of Oklahoma.
If the Aggies can make another run late this year, it could drastically hurt OU's chances of being unbeaten at season's end. A&M boasts a solid defense that really gets after the quarterback. OU quarterback Landry Jone has been somewhat turnover prone this year, and if the Aggies are getting to him often, that could complicate things for OU greatly.
3) Kansas State
Kansas State has been the most surprising team in the Big 12 so far this season. They were able to start the season with wins against lesser teams and then come out and beat Miami, Baylor and Missouri, much to the surprise of everyone in the country.
The Wildcats might have a chance to continue surprising everyone, as they get get the Sooners in the first of three straight games against ranked opponents for OU. One thing we know for sure is that Kansas State's defense is going to give OU quite the test.
They're only giving up 16.6 points per game. Considering that OU is putting up 45 points a game, something is going to have to break. Will OU falter in their first of three straight games against ranked opponents?
Only time will tell, but this season Kansas State has been full of surprises; maybe they have one big one left.
In the last slide I talked about how OU's game against Kansas State was the first of three straight ranked games for the Sooners. The last of those three games is against Baylor in Waco. This game could see a tired OU squad playing against the NCAA's best player, Robert Griffin III.
Luckily for OU, they get a week off after their contest against Texas A&M to prepare for the potent Baylor offense. They also have the best thing you can have when you're facing the Bears, a potent offense. Kansas State proved that Baylor's defense is terrible at best when they beat them a few weeks ago and OU can use that game as a blueprint for a Sooner victory.
That said, there's no one more dangerous than RG3. Robert Griffin has been electric and surprisingly accurate all year long. With him on the field, Baylor always has a chance to win. If OU isn't careful they could easily lose this game and ruin their undefeated season.
1) Oklahoma State
When you started this slideshow you knew what was going to be the biggest roadblock to OU's undefeated season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys. This is a huge rivalry that is almsot always a close game, regardless of how good either team is.
This year, it looks like everything is going against the Sooners. The game is in Stillwater. Oklahoma State gets a full two weeks off to prepare for OU, while the Sooners have to play Iowa State the week before. The one big thing the Sooners have going for them is that this game could decide who's going to the national championship.
Oklahoma State has never been here before, they've never had a chance to go undefeated and play for a national championship. Bob Stoops' OU squad has had that chance and know what it takes to win these big conference games.
This is the last game of the year for both teams, and might be the game of the year for the Big 12 conference. Both teams might come into Stillwater undefeated with a chance to go to the national championship.
This is going to be the biggest test of the season for either team and the biggest roadblock as to whether OU can stay undefeated or not.