Blog: Remaining pitfalls on OU's schedule
Now that the second-ranked Sooners walked into Columbus, OH and laid the smackdown on then-number two Ohio State, OU fans are already booking their tickets to the College Football Playoff Championship Game on January 8th in Atlanta.
Granted, the Sooners looked like one of the best teams in the country - but there are a few traps left to navigate on their schedule prior to making the trek to Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
OCTOBER 14TH: vs. Texas (Cotton Bowl, Dallas)
This one goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway - anything can happen under the watchful eye of Big Tex. Tom Herman's team was embarrassed in week one against Maryland, but bounced back with a good win over San Jose State. No matter what Bevo's record is entering the State Fair of Texas, OU (and their fans) can't look past this rivalry game.
OCTOBER 21ST: at #18 Kansas State (Manhattan)
This is a strange matchup: take a look at the last three times the Sooners have played in Manhattan:
2015: (W) 55-0
2013 - (W) 41-31
2011 - (W) 58-17
Compare those scores with the last three times Kansas State made the trip to Norman:
2016: (W) 38-17
2014: (L) 31-30
2012: (L) 24-19
Apparently, OU should be thankful they head to the "Little Apple" this October. Still, Wildcats QB Jesse Ertz is near the top of the nation in Passing Efficiency - and you know Bill Snyder will have his guys ready to play. Couple that with the fact that their stadium is one of the loudest I've been in, and OU will have its hands full.
NOVEMBER 4: at #9 Oklahoma State (Stillwater)
It's Bedlam. Enough said.
NOVEMBER 11: vs. #11 TCU (Norman)
If this was in Ft. Worth, it'd be a massive "upset-alert". Gary Patterson is one of the best, and possibly most underrated, coaches in America. Coming off what will have to be a physically (and mentally?) exhausting Bedlam game the week before, the Sooners should be ultra-cautious as the take the field against Kenny Hill and the Horned Frogs.
Of course, if OU navigates the schedule and ends the year blemish-free, it'll be off to either the Rose Bowl or the Allstate Sugar Bowl for the CFP National Semi-Final. The Sooners could get there with a lone defeat, too, thanks to that handy win inside the 'Shoe against the Buckeyes.
I'm not trying to be a debbie-downer here, Sooner fans - just hold off on booking your early January vacation to Atlanta... at least until November 12th.