It’s that time of year again when we’re all sitting around excited for summer, but also trying to peek ahead to get closer to the college football season. There are only 102 days until the first full Saturday of college football, but who’s counting, right? Definitely not me.
So, let’s get to our best-case and worst-case scenario for each team in the Big 12 Conference. It’s the time of year when fans want to look at the schedule and see everything that can go right, but let’s be honest, there will be a team that will have the kind of season where everything goes wrong. So, let’s go to Norman, Oklahoma and take a look at the Oklahoma Sooners.
Oklahoma Sooners Best-Case Scenario: 11-1
The Sooners kick off their 2019 season with a familiar coaching foe. Dana Holgorsen (Former WVU Coach) will coach his first game as Houston’s head ball coach against Oklahoma which he has never beaten in his time at Morgantown. That losing streak will continue as the Sooners shred a bad Houston defense to start 1-0. Their next two games are snoozers as Oklahoma battles South Dakota at home and UCLA on the road. Both games should be a breeze before conference play starts. Tech comes to Norman for the first conference games, but I don’t see the Sooners having too many issues handling the Red Raiders at home. Points may fly during this game, but I’ll take Oklahoma at home. Before a Red River Showdown with Texas, Oklahoma travels to Lawrence, Kansas to take on the new look Jayhawks and unless a miracle happens, the Sooners roll into the Cotton Bowl at 5-0.
As usual, you can throw out the records in Dallas because the Texas game will likely be one of those toss up games. After the Showdown with Texas, Oklahoma will host WVU and travel to Manhattan, Kansas to battle the Wildcats. In this scenario, Oklahoma should have no issue whatsoever with either of these two teams. Although I will say, Austin Kendall coming back to Norman to play against his former team? I’m sure the media in Oklahoma won’t have anything to say about that. For their final four games comes a very interesting stretch that includes hosting Iowa State and TCU while traveling to Baylor and Oklahoma State. Much like the Texas game, I believe the Sooners could trip up somewhere during that four-game stretch. However, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say best case that Oklahoma finishes the regular season going 11-1 looking for their fifth straight Big 12 title.
Oklahoma Sooners Worst Case Scenario: 9-3
No matter the scenario, I have a hard time seeing the Sooners lose one of their non-conference games so once again, the Sooners start off 3-0 before conference play. To start off the Big 12 schedule, Oklahoma will host Texas Tech at home which will likely turn into a shootout. With Alan Bowman healthy for Tech, the Red Raiders play the Sooners close in a game where defense is completely optional. After the scoring fest, Oklahoma takes care of Kansas but once again, loses to Texas in Dallas. Before the bye week, the Sooners are able to handle some close calls against scrappy WVU and K-State teams to enter the bye week at 6-2. Earlier I mentioned that interesting four game stretch where Oklahoma hosts TCU and Iowa State while traveling to Waco and Stillwater. Best case they only lose one of those games but in this scenario, the Sooners drop two out of their last four to finish a disappointing (By Oklahoma Standards) 9-3 and just miss out on an opportunity to play for a Big 12 title.
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