Here now is the top half of games to look forward to.
6. OU @ Texas Tech, Nov. 21: The Sooners' last two trips to Lubbock have turned out sour. In 2005, OU thought it had the victory over the Red Raiders, but on a controversial goal line play, Texas Tech scored to win the game. Most recently, in 2007, quarterback Sam Bradford made an early exit after suffering a first quarter concussion, and despite a comeback effort from backup Joey Halzle, the Sooners couldn't manage enough to overcome an upset that knocked them out of national title contention.
5. OU vs. BYU in Arlington, Sept. 5: Opening day for the Sooners and the Cougars couldn't be on a bigger stage. The two will open up the new dome for the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas for a huge non-conference football game. In addition, it features two teams that both had great seasons a year ago. OU played in the national championship, and BYU narrowly missed out on a BCS game.
4. OU @ Nebraska, Nov. 7: It could be higher, but the Cornhuskers haven't done much of anything lately. But NU head coach Bo Pelini likely will have the ‘Huskers rolling again, if not in 2009, definitely in 2010. While Nebraska has been poor for most of the decade, it is still a rivalry that once featured Switzer and Cornhusker legend Tom Osborne, who now is the director of athletics. This game could preview a potential Big 12 Championship game.
3. OU @ Miami, Oct. 3: This one jumps OU-Nebraska for one reason. People have been looking forward to this one for years. The Sooners and Hurricanes get to renew a rivalry that dates back to the Barry Switzer days in the 1980s. Two hated rivals will kick it off in the same city where the Sooners lost the national championship game last season. It is the second game of a home-home series OU and Miami set up for the 2007 and 2009 seasons and figures to feature a lot.
2. OU vs. OSU, Nov. 28: Bedlam is on the line, and this year Bedlam will be even more important. Could OU come into the game undefeated? It's very possible. Could OSU come into the game undefeated? That's very possible, too. A lot of people have suggested the two could be playing not only for Bedlam, but similar to the OU-Texas game, they could be playing for all the marbles, the conference and a BCS bowl. That's why Bedlam is more crucial than ever in 2009.
1. OU vs. Texas in Dallas, Oct. 17: It's rivalry and history on the biggest stage. Why wouldn't it be No. 1? Into the preseason, both teams are ranked in the top five and expected to excel like they did a year ago. Every year, the winner of this game normally has a great chance at a trip to the national championship game, as well as the obvious advantage in the Big 12 South. This year will be no different. Likely, the winner will be in the national championship as the Big 12 Champion.