2011 Schedule Breakdown Series: Day VII

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners Illustrated presents the final day of its complete seven-day schedule breakdown series with the three games to watch.

Three most intriguing games:

3. Nov. 5 vs. Texas A&M-- The Aggies nearly squashed OU's chances last year of winning the Big 12 South when they upset the Sooners 33-19 in College Station. But OU reeled off its final three games of the regular season before getting the nod to the Big 12 Championship by virtue of BCS rankings, and it ultimately won the title over Nebraska. This time around, the tide shifts. OU gets to host A&M in what easily could be a Top 10 matchup. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Cyrus Gray, cornerback Coryell Judie and the rest of the Aggies bring their talents to Norman. The Sooners will not only be looking for revenge, but likely hoping to keep their national title hopes alive.

2. Dec. 3 @ Oklahoma State-- In what will be the most hyped Bedlam matchup on the gridiron in years, if not of all-time, the Sooners head to Stillwater for the second year in a row for a Top 10 showdown, if preseason rankings hold serve. The Cowboys possess a powerful offense led by quarterback Brandon Weeden and star wide receiver Justin Blackmon. OU has an electric offense of its own with quarterback-slot receiver duo Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles. This game could easily decide the Big 12 Conference title as well as having national championship implications.

1. Sept. 17 @ Florida State It could easily be the matchup of the year and certainly is one of the best non-conference battles of the season when OU and FSU meet in Tallahassee. Both teams return a ton of starters: FSU, 16; and OU, 19. Both are slated to be in the Top 10 at the beginning of the season. It's a primetime game at either 6:30 or 7 p.m. CT. How could a contest three weeks into the year get any better than this?

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