Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and quarterback Baker Mayfield are excited about the Sooners’ tough non-conference schedule, which opens in Houston and includes Ohio State in Norman two weeks later.
If the Oklahoma Sooners are national title contenders, they are going to have to prove it early and often in the season.
Opening with Houston, who finished 13-1 last season and defeated Florida State in the bowl game, in NRG Stadium would make a non-conference schedule tough enough, but the Sooners will have to group together again two weeks later as they welcome Ohio State to Norman.
Head coach Bob Stoops is looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s exciting,” Stoops told in an exclusive interview with Campus Insiders. “Houston is such a great football team coming off a 14-point win over Florida State in their bowl game. Ohio State coming to us as well. Major challenge. Two top ten teams, or 11-12, I don’t know where everybody’s ranked but in the end, you know, it’s a major challenge. It’s going to be tough.”
Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield will have extra motivation in the opener against the Cougars. His father James played for Houston in college.
Mayfield is also eager to play against Greg Ward Jr., the Cougars quarterback.
“Excited to play against Greg,” Mayfield said. “A great guy.”
Then comes the matchup against the Buckeyes. Mayfield is also anxiously awaiting the clash between the two national title contenders.
“Obviously two weeks later we play Ohio State, a national powerhouse year in and year out,” Mayfield said. “We’re going to find out what we’re made of early in the season.”