Oklahoma will learn where it stands quickly this year

Ponca City Now - August 11, 2016 12:54 pm

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -Oklahoma will learn quickly whether it has what it takes to return to the College Football Playoff.

The Sooners made a surprising run to win the Big 12 title last season before losing to Clemson in the national semifinals. Now, with much of the key talent returning from that 11-2 squad, Oklahoma is poised to finish the job.

The Sooners will be tested immediately when they open with Houston at Reliant Stadium on Sept. 3. Two weeks later, they will host Ohio State in one of the season's biggest games.

"There's two of the teams in the top 12-13 in the country, and deservedly so," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said of Houston and Ohio State. "Excellent football teams."

In conference play, the Sooners will play at TCU on Oct. 1, then will play Texas in Dallas the following week. If the Sooners can get past the second weekend of October unscathed, they'll be in position to have some margin for error if they fall later in the season.


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