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Oklahoma's 2012 Football Schedule Isn't Going To Be A Cakewalk

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The entry of West Virgina into the Big XII means a road trip to Morgantown for the Sooners in 2012. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The entry of West Virgina into the Big XII means a road trip to Morgantown for the Sooners in 2012. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma's 2012 football schedule is still in the process of being put together but there are enough pieces in place already to tell that it won't be easy. The Sooners still have to pick up two out of conference games because TCU will now count as a Big XII game. The one non-conference game that OU does have on the books is Notre Dame and although they finished the season with a bowl loss to Florida State I'm glad this game is in Norman.

In conference the Sooners get OSU in Norman for the first time since 2009 but the conference road schedule is going to be brutal.

I'm on the record saying that the Big XII upgraded with TCU and West Virginia for Texas A&M and Missouri. I honestly believe they bring better overall programs to the conference and their track records over the last ten years proves that. Unfortunately for the Sooners the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs are placing two home opponents from 2011 which means road trips to Ft. Worth and Morgantown are looming for 2012. The trip to TCU was already going to happen because Oklahoma was set to open up the Frogs new stadium but now the game has a much bigger meaning with conference standings at stake.

2012 Opponents 2011 Record
Notre Dame 8-5
@ TCU 11-2
Texas 8-5
Kansas 2-10
@ Texas Tech 5-7
Kansas State 10-3
@ West Virginia 10-3
Baylor 10-3
@ Iowa State 6-7
Oklahoma State 12-1

In addition to those two games the Sooners have to play games in the Twilight Zone at Texas Tech and at Iowa State along with the annual showdown in the Cotton Bowl against Quarterback U Texas. I'm typically not in favor of a cupcake non-conference schedule but, with Notre Dame already on the schedule, the two opponents Oklahoma picks up need to be a lot closer to the Tulsa's of the world rather than the Florida State's.

Whether or not the Sooners field a championship caliber team next season is still very much up in the air. One thing that is for certain though is that Oklahoma will have a championship caliber schedule.