When Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops meets the Big 12 media on Tuesday, he'll be asked:
* Was Texas' 5-7 finish an aberration?
* Will the season finale, a road game at Oklahoma State, be for the Big 12 title on the weekend the league championship game used to be played?
* Ranked No. 1 or 2 in preseason polls, what are the Sooners' chances of winning a national title?
Another hot topic will be a high profile, early season test at Florida State.
A trendy pick by preseason publications to win the ACC, Florida State is ranked in the top 10 in most preseason polls.
For the first time since the 1990s, there's talk the Seminoles can contend for a national title.
The Sooners dominated FSU 47-17 last season in Norman. But road rematches sometimes have been trouble for the Sooners (see chart).
OU dominated Texas A&M (2009), Nebraska (2008), Texas Tech (2008), Miami (2007), Colorado (2006), Oregon (2004) and UCLA (2003) at home but lost road rematches.
Since the calendar flipped to 2005, OU is 36-1 on Owen Field, 26-19 away from home, 16-10 in true road games.
The Sooners quieted road struggles talk with wins at Baylor and Oklahoma State en route to capturing their seventh Big 12 title under Stoops. But OU has never lost in Waco, Texas, and has won the past four meetings in Stillwater.
That's why a Sept. 17 showdown at Doak-Campbell Stadium will reveal a lot about an experienced team's chances of contending for a national title.
Don't place too much weight on last year's blowout. Florida State regrouped to finish 10-4, highlighted by wins over Miami, Clemson, Florida and South Carolina in the Peach Bowl.
OU shredded FSU's defense for 487 yards and 28 first downs. But it was early in the season in a new 4-3 scheme installed by defensive coordinator Mark Stoops.
This year, the Seminoles are projected to have one of the nation's top defenses.
It will be a good test for OU's offensive line.
Led by defensive end Brandon Jenkins (13.5 sacks last season), the Seminoles dominated a injury-riddled, inexperienced offensive line in the spring game, recording 12 sacks.
Have the Seminoles improved enough defensively to upset OU's high-powered offense?
The game is seven weeks away, but a marquee showdown will help shape the national championship picture.
The prime time game (6:30 or 7 p.m. kickoff on either ESPN or ABC) ranks with LSU-Oregon as the nation's top nonconference game.
“When you have a game like that early, it keeps the kids focused during the summer,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher was quoted during a summer banquet.
Let the hype begin.