Roundtable: Examining OU's tough stretch

Every Thursday during the season, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.

Today's question: Of the next three games for the Sooners, which will be toughest: vs. Kansas State, at Texas Tech or vs. Texas?

• This will be a defining stretch for the Sooners. Kansas State is playing as well as anyone in the Big 12, and OU traditionally saves its worst for Lubbock. But even though the Horns have questions at QB and offense in general, that still will be OU's toughest game of the three. This should be Texas' best team in three years, and with NFL talent scattered across the board defensively, the Horns will provide a huge test for Landry Jones and company. The Sooners did blow out Texas last year. It's difficult to see them doing that again.

- Jake Trotter

• This season's Red River Rivalry won't be easy. The Longhorns are talented and their offense is showing signs of coming together. Even though quarterback David Ash has not been tested like he will be against the Sooners, the sophomore has been efficient in UT's first two games and has zero interceptions. And the Longhorns are quietly developing a versatile attack that features speed with youngsters like Daje Johnson and power with running back Malcolm Brown. Not to mention a quality defense that will be looking for blood after being embarrassed in 2011. All those traits make the Longhorns a much bigger obstacle than Kansas State in Norman or Texas Tech in Lubbock.

- Brandon Chatmon

• Can it really be a trap game when Texas Tech is the school that ended OU's home winning streak last season? Yes, it still can. Because when you're thinking about Collin Klein and Kansas State or that stout Texas running game, the Red Raiders just might not fire you up all that much. Combine that with OU's history of faltering in Lubbock, and you once again could have a recipe for disaster. If OU gets caught looking ahead to the Red River Rivalry, it could be Tech that once again derails the chase for its eighth national championship. The question will be, as posed before, has OU learned from 2011? We're going to find out a lot on Oct. 6.

- Bob Przybylo