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.
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.
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?
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.
This Year's K-State?
How about what's perceived as a big game that winds up being a snoozer? Oklahoma State would seem to fit. The Sooners (finally) have the Cowboys back in Norman. Even with a season to develop, OSU still will likely look a lot different offensively in 2012. The run game hurt OU in 2011, but the Sooners will have avenging on their minds this time.
Worst Traffic Jam
The state fair dictated that the OU-Texas game shift from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13, but now the game will coincide with the Austin City Limits festival. That could make Interstate 35 through the state a nightmare, even more than it already is that weekend.
Deep in the Heart
Three of Oklahoma's five non-home games in the league, including the Red River game, will be played in the state of Texas. The Sooners were already scheduled to play at TCU, though that game went from September to Dec. 1 at redeveloped Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. OU might very well add a fourth game in Texas, traveling the opening week to UTEP.
Single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 1. Season tickets are currently sold out. To join a waiting list, contact the ticket office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU. Season tickets are also available to Sooner Club members willing to make a minimum donation.