SEPT. 3 VS. LA.-LAFAYETTE
The Cowboys are 7-0 all-time against the Ragin' Cajuns. Win No. 8 should come easily. ULL has a new coach and has been picked to finish near the bottom of the Sun Belt Conference.
SEPT. 8 VS. ARIZONA
Once an attractive non-conference series, this matchup lost some shine when the Cowboys routed Arizona in last December's Alamo Bowl. Still, the Wildcats have elite offensive skill players, if no experienced offensive linemen.
SEPT. 17 AT TULSA
This game carries a scare factor, sandwiched between Arizona and A&M, with a 9 p.m. kickoff against the dangerous Golden Hurricane offense. This is a veteran TU team and one that would covet an upset.
SEPT. 24 AT TEXAS A&M
This game is nothing shy of momentous for the Cowboys when considering their unabashed title hopes. It's the big game on the schedule, maybe across the Big 12. It'll be a tough task at Kyle Field, although OSU has won the last three meetings.
OCT. 8 VS. KANSAS
The Jayhawks have fallen on hard times. And among a gauntlet of rugged road games, this will be a welcome exit to the rest area that is Boone Pickens Stadium before heading back out.
OCT. 15 AT TEXAS
OSU ended a long losing streak at Texas a year ago, but those 'Horns were hardly of standard UT stock. Will these be any better? The Cowboys still figure to have an edge in talent.
OCT. 22 AT MISSOURI
Faurot Field hasn't been a snake pit for the Cowboys, who stunned a high-ranked Tigers team in their last trip to Columbia. Mizzou's defense should be stout, but the offense has issues.
OCT. 29 VS. BAYLOR
For all the recent excitement surrounding the Bears, they haven't fared so well against the class of the league. OSU rolled them up with ease a year ago. And this one is back in Stillwater.
NOV. 5 VS. KANSAS STATE
Bill Snyder has returned to bolstering his squad with transfers. And the Wildcats could be improved, having added talent. But there are QB concerns and a lack of playmakers overall.
NOV. 12 AT TEXAS TECH
The Cowboys won comfortably in Lubbock last year. The Red Raiders could be improved in Year 2 of the Tommy Tuberville regime — or not, depending on much much he drifts away from the spread offense.
NOV. 18 AT IOWA STATE
Any late-season visit to Ames can be dangerous, with the chance of wicked weather. The Cyclones seem to be on the rise. But are they athletic enough to hang with the Pokes?
DEC. 3 VS. OKLAHOMA
In a perfect scenario, the Cowboys and Sooners meet unbeaten with the Big 12 title on the line. It's a long and difficult road for OSU. But if they somehow make it, this will be the biggest game in program history.