Conference Schedule: Easiest to Toughest

NORMAN, Okla. — The Big 12 Conference finally released its football schedule Tuesday morning, and the Sooners will play both new conference members on the road, but just where do those games right in terms of toughest to easiest matchups?

Sooners Illustrated breaks that down right here, from least to most difficult.

9. vs. Kansas, Oct. 20--The Jayhawks brought in a new staff, led by head coach Charlie Weis, but it's a home game and the Sooners have won seven straight in the series. That doesn't figure to change.
8. @ Iowa State, Nov. 3--Could be tricky if the weather gets bad, but otherwise the Sooners should have no trouble here.
7. @ Texas Tech, Oct. 6--Will this be the year OU finally wins again in Lubbock? It has not done so since 2003, but the odds look in the favor this time around.
6. vs. Baylor, Nov. 10--The Bears will take a hit by losing Heisman quarterback Robert Griffin, but not as much as many may assume. Nick Florence has proven he's ready and able to come in and play. Still, on OU's home grass points to a W.
5. vs. Oklahoma State, Nov. 24--No Brandon Weeden, no Justin Blackmon, should be no problem. But there's always the doubt considering it's a rivalry game.
4. vs. Texas in Dallas, Oct. 13--The Longhorns should be a little bit better this year than last and are always a battle in the Red River Rivalry. OU will have the more talented team, but will it again be able to use that to win its third straight?
3. vs. Kansas State, Sept. 22--Quarterback Collin Klein and the Wildcats arrive in Norman for a much anticipated Big 12 opener. Wildcats' power vs. Sooners' high-powered offense and revamped defense.
2. @ TCU, Dec. 1--For the third season in a row, it's a bear of a Big 12 finale. TCU projects to be a conference contender, and OU defeat it on the road.
1. @ West Virginia, Nov. 17--The Sooners' first-ever trip to Morgantown comes in mid-November and the weather could be disastrous. The Mountaineers bring back a ton of that high-powered offense and are the biggest threat to take out OU in the conference race. This one could be for all the Big 12 marbles.

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