The 2022 college football season is almost over for us to get a taste of. The Oklahoma Sooners held their first fall camp practice Friday, which means the opener against the UTEP will be here before we know it.
Brent Venables and the Oklahoma Sooners are looking to open the season strong in a year as expectations remain high after losing their Big 12 Championship game in 2021.
The Big 12 is looking tough this season. While Oklahoma will be among the favorites in the league, defending champion Baylor will be good at defending once again and if they can keep their running game they will be hard to beat in 2022. Oklahoma State has the most experienced quarterback in Spencer Sanders. And despite the losses in defense, it must be one of the competing teams.
Quinn Ewers, one of the least experienced players in the Big 12, leaves Longhorns as a wild card. They should be good again offensively, but that wasn’t necessarily an issue last year. It was defense.
Teams like Kansas State and West Virginia, who may be dark horse contenders, have six strong teams that could be in competition through November.
Much of how the 2022 season could turn out to be scheduling. The Oklahoma Sooners will play Baylor, Oklahoma State and Kansas State on their home soil. They have a neutral location game against Texas and they have road matches against Nebraska, West Virginia and Iowa State which can be tough.
As we prepare for the 2022 season, Pro Football Focus has released their season preview (premium), and this is how they ranked the Big 12 on schedule strength.
October 2, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns wide receiver Xavier Worthy (8) goes to catch TCU Horned Frogs Safety Nook Bradford (28) defending during the second quarter on Amon G. Carter Stadium. Kevin Jayraj USA Today Sports
Non-conference schedule: Louisiana Monroe, Alabama, UTSA
West Virginia Mountaineers
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Non-conference schedule: in Pittsburgh, Tucson, at Virginia Tech
October 16, 2021; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jason Bean (17) raises his hand to back Devin Neal (4) against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the first half at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Denny Medley USA Today Sports
Non-conference schedule: Tennessee Tech, in Houston, Duke
Texas Tech Red Raiders
December 28, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Midfielder Donovan Smith of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (7) reacts after a touchdown during the second half against the Mississippi State Bulldog at Liberty Bowl. Petri Thomas USA Today Sports
Non-conference schedule: Murray State, Houston, North Carolina
Kansas State Wildcats
January 4, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn (22) with the ball during the fourth quarter against the LSU Tigers during the 2022 Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium. Troy Taormina – USA TODAY Sports
Non-conference schedule: South Dakota, Missouri, Tulane
Horned Frog TCU
November 6, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston (1) runs the ball past Baylor Bears Calon Barnes (12) during the second half at Amon J. Carter Stadium. Kevin Jayraj USA Today Sports
Non-conference schedule: in Colorado, Tarlton State, in SMU
November 27, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Spencer Sanders (3) threw a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Brett Rojo USA Today Sports
Non-conference schedule: Central Michigan, Arizona, Arkansas – Pine Bluff
Key Lawrence (12) of Oklahoma imposes confusion as he hits Brock Purdy of Iowa (15) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Iowa State Hurricanes at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Saturday, November 20, 2021. Brian Terry, Oklahoma
Non-conference schedule: UTEP, Kent State, Nebraska
December 4, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Blake Chapin (12) passes against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second quarter in a Big 12 Conference Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Jerome Meron – USA TODAY Sports
Non-conference schedule: Albany, in BYU, Texas
November 21, 2020 Ames, Iowa, USA; Quarterback Hunter Dekkers (12) reacts at the Iowa State Cyclones after rushing to land against the Kansas State Wildcats at Jack Trace Stadium. Brian Powers-USA Today Sports
Non-conference schedule: Southeast Missouri, in Iowa, Ohio
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