OU football: Sooners face gauntlet over final three weeks of season

If OU is to challenge for the national championship, it will likely need to beat West Virginia, Oklahoma State and TCU
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: February 14, 2012

Many associate the Rattlers with the “Marching 100” band, but it is currently suspended due to a hazing scandal.

The newspaper learned about the FAMU-OU game because it was listed on an FSU administrator's internal website. The Seminoles had reached out to OU, among a reported 50 other schools, after West Virginia dropped FSU from its schedule.

Castiglione confirmed last week that he had heard from FSU, but the game did not fit for OU, due to travel considerations and the fact that the schedule already included Notre Dame.

Even if the Sooners hosted the Seminoles this season, they would then have to travel to South Bend and Tallahassee in 2013. And OU just traveled to FSU in 2011, so another trip in 2012 did not make sense.

Additionally, Texas A&M was briefly considered for the other non-conference game, but it did not add up for similar reasons. The Aggies either would have had to travel to Norman for a second straight year, or OU would have had non-conference trips to College Station and Notre Dame in 2013.

Some things fell into place, as expected. The OU-Texas game was moved back a week to Oct. 13, which is the more traditional timing of the Red River Rivalry. The state fair dictated that move, in part.

Additionally, the Sooners avoided having to return to any road sites from 2011. Included, Oklahoma State will play in Norman for the first time since 2009. Bedlam was most likely aligned when it was, two days after Thanksgiving, because it's difficult to schedule successful games during the holiday weekend.

TCU presents an intriguing way for OU to wrap its season. The teams were originally scheduled to play a September out-of-conference game, but now it'll be the conference finale at revamped Amon G. Carter Stadium on the west side of the Metroplex.

The Sooners went 6-3 in the Big 12 a year ago, finishing 10-3 overall. They had a stunning home loss to Texas Tech before falling to Baylor and Oklahoma State on the road to finish in a tie for third.



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