Oklahoma enters the 2016 season as one of the favorites to make it back to the College Football Playoff for the second year in a row. To do so, head coach Bob Stoops will need to find players to replace studs such as wide receiver Sterling Shepard, cornerback Zack Sanchez and linebacker Eric Striker.
He also will need his team to navigate one of the toughest schedules in college football. In addition to the Big 12’s typically daunting nine-game slate, Stoops and OU athletic director Joe Castiglione have lined up a rough group of non-conference games that include a perennial power and one of the best mid-major programs in the country.
If the Sooners do find their way back into college football’s final four, they will have earned it.
Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Schedule
Byes: Week 4, 13
— Written by Allen Kenney, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Kenney is founder and editor of BlatantHomerism.com and host of the Blatant Homerism Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BlatantHomerism.