OU football: Breaking down the schedule

With the Big 12 football schedule's release Tuesday, Oklahoma learned what to expect in 2012.

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: February 14, 2012

With the Big 12 football schedule's release Tuesday, Oklahoma learned what to expect in 2012. Here's a breakdown of the Sooners' conference schedule, which begins Sept. 22 at home against Kansas State and concludes Dec. 1 at TCU.

Endurance Test

The Sooners had better hope they're well rested by the end of September. After a Sept. 29 bye, they embark on a nine-games-in-nine-weeks stretch, including the Oct. 27 non-conference home game against Notre Dame.

The Gauntlet

What a way to finish the season for the Sooners, going to West Virginia, hosting Bedlam and then traveling to TCU in consecutive weeks. That's a lot to ask. The trip to Morgantown might be the most difficult of the three games. On top of the competition and hostile environment, who knows what the weather will be like there on Nov. 17?

Wiggle Room

Note these two lines in the Big 12 release, in terms of a disclaimer: “Dates are subject to change as adjustments are expected to accommodate television partners' requests. Television selections for the first three weeks of the season and special dates are due to the conference (by) July 1.” Does that mean midweek games? Moving of games altogether? Stay tuned (pun intended).

This Year's Texas Tech?

Any unexpected stumbling block out there for OU? How about Iowa State, still a sore spot for OSU and its fans after 2011? A trip to Ames is never easy, and Paul Rhoads will have another year to develop that team and program. The Cyclones lost by 20 in Norman in 2011, but a hurricane-force wind blew. The trip in 2012 is a week after Notre Dame, too, so the letdown factor is plausible.

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