1. Oklahoma Sooners
This is an easy one. Oklahoma and head coach Lincoln Riley will be the most difficult and high stakes opponent for the Texas football program this season. Riley and Herman are taking the reigns as the two premier head coaches and the face of the Big 12 after just three years at the helm each way.
Hopefully the Longhorns will get to face Oklahoma twice in the same season again. Imagine if the Longhorns were able to completely derail the College Football Playoff hopes of the rival Sooners and get their bid to be one of the four teams in at the same time. But that is a far cry from the reality Texas lives in right now.
It doesn’t look like Riley’s offense will miss a step under the direction of the former Alabama Crimson Tide transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts. Through three games, Hurts is one of the Heisman favorites. There’s a good chance that he will be the third straight Oklahoma starting quarterback to win the Heisman. And they are all different guys.
Through the non-conference portion of the schedule, Oklahoma got a pretty easy pass through by beating the hapless UCLA Bruins, Holgorsen-coached Houston Cougars, and FCS South Dakota. Houston should’ve been a bigger test than it was, but that’s a testament to all the great work Riley did in Norman thus far.