In Sunday's Oklahoman, we looked ahead to the top 10 games of the high school football season in a week-by-week breakdown. But there's an abundance of big games awaiting fans in Week 1 alone — so many that picking a list of the top 10 wasn't easy. But nonetheless, here's our list of this week's must-see games:
1. Class 6A No. 16 Midwest City vs. 6A No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe at UCO (Thursday)
Santa Fe has risen to the spot Midwest City once held as the westside's regular top contender. Are the Bombers on the way back?
2. Class 2A No. 2 Davis at Class A No. 1 Ringling
Ranking-wise, the best matchup of the week with Class A's defending champ hosting last year's 2A runner-up.
3. Class 6A No. 6 Owasso at 6A No. 3 Broken Arrow
A great opener for both teams, though it hardly registers on the scale of big games for either of them, when they have Jenks and Union waiting later in the schedule.
4. Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert at 6A No. 9 Southmoore (Thursday)
Last year's 48-21 Southmoore win sent Carl Albert on its way to a 1-5 start before the Titans turned it around to win 5A.
5. Class 6A No. 26 Moore at 6A No. 11 Westmoore
The competitive level of the Moore War should be up, and the significance of a loved community event is powerful for a town still trying to put the pieces back together since the May 20 tornado.
6. Class 6A No. 12 Norman vs. 6A No. 5 Norman North at OU (Thursday)
Having put years of Norman domination in the past, the Crosstown Clash is raising its status as one of the metro area's top rivalry games.
7. Class 4A No. 1 Clinton at 5A No. 7 Lawton MacArthur
Lawton Mac is working to fill some holes, and Clinton is out to show that it's prepared to repeat.
8. Class 5A No. 11 Del City at 5A No. 6 Tulsa East Central
Two teams with just enough talent to be a potential contender in 5A, and just enough question marks to make you curious.
9. Class 3A No. 9 Metro Christian at Class 2A No. 3 Oklahoma Christian
OCS gets quite a test to start its title defense, while Metro is trying to make itself known as a 3A contender again.
10. Class 6A No. 14 Tulsa Washington at 4A No. 4 Douglass
This classic rivalry was reborn last year, and next year, it's expected to move to Langston University. But this year's game should be a showdown.
Special recognition: Jenks vs. DeSoto, Texas, and Tulsa Union vs. Euless, Texas, Trinity (Saturday at Southlake Carroll, Texas)
Both games — Jenks-DeSoto in particular — deserve some national attention, but viewing opportunities for the average fan around the state are limited. So it's hard to call them must-see games.