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Looking ahead to gameday: Oklahoma

Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2011 schedule. Next up, at Kansas.

If the only championship Oklahoma wins this season is of the conference variety, some will view it as a disappointment.

In 2011, the Sooners are thinking bigger. As the nation’s top-ranked preseason team, they are thinking national championship. With 14 starters returning, including Heisman Trophy contender Landry Jones at quarterback, Oklahoma truly is loaded.

An injury to linebacker Travis Lewis, which will keep him out of the season’s first few games, could be problematic with highly-ranked Florida State on the schedule on Sept. 17, but he should be back to lead Oklahoma’s defense in time for make-or-break conference games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

He should also be back in time for Oklahoma’s trip to Kansas State on Oct. 29. If the Sooners are still ranked No. 1, the Wildcats will take on a top-ranked team (at least in the AP Poll) for the first time since facing Oklahoma in the 2003 Big 12 championship game. (more…)