First, Sooners Illustrated is here to provide you with the three games the Sooners should be able to simply show up to and win with ease.
3. Oct. 31, 2009 — Vs. Kansas State
When the Wildcats arrive in Norman for the first time in four years, their coach will be the same, despite his three year absence. But there won't be much else that's the same for head coach Bill Snyder, who just came out of retirement, and the rest of the Wildcats. Their starting quarterback from a season ago, Josh Freeman, decided to forego his final season in college football to enter the NFL Draft, and so they will be inexperienced at the quarterback position and also in other places on the field. The Sooners will be way too strong in all phases of the game for Kansas State to pull off any type of upset. On top of that, the Wildcats would have to pull it off on the road. While they did manage to pull off a major upset on the road over No. 7 Texas in 2007, there's no reason to believe it could happen in 2009 at OU.
2. Nov. 14, 2009 — Vs. Texas A&M
Last year, it was a massacre in College Station. When the Sooners cruised to a 58-14 lead at the end of the third quarter, many in the press box were more interested in watching the end of the Iowa-Penn St. game to see if the Hawkeyes could pull off a major upset to that would help the Sooners in their quest to reaching the national championship game. The situation shouldn't be much different this year in terms of when people will lose their interest in the game. The Sooners should easily have this one rapped up by the end of the third quarter, if not by halftime.
1. Sept. 12, 2009 — Vs. Idaho State
Idaho State? Ouch. This one's going to hurt the strength of schedule a little bit. Welcome to this year's Tennessee-Chattanooga. Only this time, it's the second week of the season. It should be a nice break in what is otherwise a pretty healthy schedule. However, if there are any BCS questions between the Sooners and another team that has a strong schedule, this one won't help to encourage the voters toward the Sooners.