3. Sept. 3 vs. Tulsa-- It's the season-opener, so the Sooners shouldn't have much trouble getting pumped up for this one. But considering OU's second game of the year is a primetime potential Top Five showdown at Florida State, they could be looking past their in-state rival even with the contest two weeks off. TU typically puts together a solid team that can score some points, and if OU's defense doesn't come ready to play and the offense has any kind of inconsistency in the first game, it could spell upset and the end of the 36-game home winning streak.
2. Nov. 26 vs. Iowa State-- On paper, there's no way this upset will happen. But the conditions are ripe. ISU figures to have a mediocre to bad team possible for OU to overlook. It's the week before the huge Bedlam matchup in Stillwater. And the Cyclones catch the Sooners at a time when they're used to a big game and playing OSU just a couple days after Thanksgiving. Instead, ISU rolls into town, and the rivalry game has been pushed back a week. There's some unfamiliarity there, so ISU could pull it off with a lot of luck.
1. Oct. 29 @ Kansas State This is like the perfect storm. The Sooners should be riding high off a blowout victory over Texas Tech with a revenge matchup against Texas A&M just a week later. Everyone knows that if Missouri didn't smash OU's chances at the BCS Championship last year, A&M squashed them with that stunner in College Station. But until the Sooners can seek revenge on their own field over the Aggies, they'll have to take care of KSU in Manhattan. And Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder always has some tricks up his sleeve. The crowd will be electric for a Halloween weekend battle against a likely Top Five, if not No. 1, team in the country, and KSU will be ready to pull out all the stops.
Stay tuned for the final version of the series tomorrow.