Gould Headshot squareHow good is Oklahoma? We’ll find out very quickly. Three of the Sooners’ first four opponents are solid top-25 candidates.

The peril starts with an opener at the Houston Texans’ stadium against No. 15 Houston, which surprised Florida State in the Peach Bowl last season. It continues in Games 3 and 4, where young and restless No. 6 Ohio State and No. 13 TCU will be plugging in a lot of new faces at excellent and dangerous programs.

Give Oklahoma credit. Not many teams will schedule a one-two nonconference punch like Ohio State-Houston.

All of that said, the Sooners have the firepower to put up points and the stingy defense to fluster opponents.

I like Oklahoma, which lost 37-17 to Clemson in a semi-final at the Orange Bowl, to return to the four-team CFP again this season.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.