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It's that time of year when fans are starting to analyze the schedule more and more every day and figure out which games are locks, which ones are the most intriguing or difficult and just which ones are the potential upsets that could ruin a perfect season.

Previously, Sooners Illustrated provided you with the three biggest cupcakes on the schedule.

Part I: Cupcake City

The Kansas State Wildcats shouldn't pose much of a threat for the Sooners.

Neither should Texas A&M, a team the Sooners routed 65-21 a year ago, or the Idaho State Bengals, this year's Chattanooga on the OU schedule.

Now, it's time for the three most intriguing matchups due to their difficulty.

3. Nov. 7, 2009 — At Nebraska
Head coach Bo Pelini has the Cornhuskers moving in the right direction. In fact, they are a good pick to win the north. It should virtually be a two-team race between the ‘Huskers and the Kansas Jayhawks to take the north division, so this could possibly be the first of two meetings between two storied programs with an old rivalry if Nebraska and OU could both win their divisions in the regular season. The Huskers will be a much improved team in 2009, and any time the Sooners head to Lincoln, it's tough. The one major question mark for the Cornhuskers is their quarterback situation, as they lost Joe Ganz to graduation. Even so, it will be a difficult game on the Sooners' schedule.

2. Nov. 28, 2009 — Vs. Oklahoma State
This game is huge for a bunch of reasons. It's Bedlam. Pride in the Sooner State is on the line, as always. It's the last weekend of the regular season. Both teams will want to finish the regular season the right way. And this time around, both could be undefeated and playing for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game a week later in Arlington, Texas. Both OU and OSU have a great shot to have a perfect schedule entering this year's Bedlam matchup. The star power in this game will be tremendous with OSU's quarterback Zac Robinson and wide receiver Dez Bryant and OU's returning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray, just to name a couple from both teams.

1. Oct. 17, 2009 — Vs. Texas in Dallas
As most every other year, this is the hardest game on the schedule. And it has a ton of storylines. The first of which will be the Heisman Trophy race between Bradford and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who both attended the ceremony in New York last year. McCoy has high hopes not only to beat out Bradford for the Heisman, but also to beat the Sooners for a second straight season. Last year, it went all for naught, as OU eventually went to the Big 12 Championship despite losing to Texas earlier in the year. The Sooners have a different result in mind. They plan on controlling their own destiny after beating the Longhorns. It is certain to be a top five matchup once again when these teams meet in the Red River Rivalry just more than a month into the season.


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