SEPT. 3 VS. TULSA
A good test for a defense that expects to be vastly improved. Tulsa returns 18 starters, including 10 from an offense that averaged 41.4 points and 506 yards.
SEPT. 17 AT FLORIDA STATE
The Seminoles' potent pass rush will provide a formidable road test. Don't place too much stock in a 47-17 rout last year. OU is 4-5 in true road games the past two years.
SEPT. 24 VS. MISSOURI
The Tigers, returning a ton of talent, upset the Sooners when they were ranked No. 1 last season. But that game was in Columbia. This one is in Norman.
OCT. 1 VS. BALL STATE
David Letterman's alma mater was 4-8 last season but returns 17 starters. Since 1990, the Cardinals are 1-38 on the road against BCS teams.
OCT. 8 VS. TEXAS
The Longhorns have many questions following a surprising 5-7 meltdown. It's anyone's guess how quickly two new coordinators can make an impact in Austin.
OCT. 15 AT KANSAS
Turner Gill faces a huge challenge just to be competitive in the revamped Big 12. The Jayhawks hope a crop of young players can lay a solid foundation.
OCT. 22 VS. TEXAS TECH
Tommy Tuberville's debut season was filled with inconsistency. His focus is improving the defense. This game might be dicey if the game was in Lubbock. It's in Norman.
OCT. 29 AT KANSAS STATE
Bill Snyder's teams are capable of posting an upset in Manhattan. The Wildcats improved their depth but the talent gap is too wide to pose much of a threat.
NOV. 5 VS. TEXAS A&M
A pivotal Big 12 showdown. The Aggies upset the Sooners last year but have been outscored by an average score of 50-12 in six Norman meetings in the Stoops era.
NOV. 19 AT BAYLOR
The Bears are much improved and are always dangerous with quarterback Robert Griffin III. Phil Bennett should help the defense. But OU is 20-0 all-time versus Baylor.
NOV. 26 VS. IOWA STATE
This game would be more competitive if it was in Ames. It won't be as lopsided as last year's 52-0 blowout but the Sooners will enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers.
DEC. 3 AT OKLAHOMA STATE
The Sooners have won eight consecutive Bedlam meetings but games in Stillwater are always close. OSU is a top 10 power. Can Mike Gundy end his 0-6 OU drought?