Where Oklahoma ranks in strength of schedule among the Big 12 Conference

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There is a lot of expectations surrounding the Oklahoma Sooners football team as we march towards the kickoff of the 2021 season. While there are more than three months until the start, that hasn’t hindered any of the discussions.

With the rankings and preseason power rankings constantly putting Lincoln Riley’s squad near the top, it is hard not to think of what could be. Is this the season that the fifth-year head coach can finally put it all together? Can Riley and company avoid the early season letdowns of the last several years and make a run at No. 1 in the country?

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Who is the Oklahoma Sooners biggest competition in 2021?

Year in and year out ESPN has released their Football Power Index rankings for all 130 teams in FBS. Many factors go into these FPI rankings including the strength of schedule (SOS). According to the latest edition, the Big 12 Conference as a whole has the toughest SOS in college football. All 10 teams rank in the top 20.

A full breakdown of every team’s strength of schedule and where they rank nationally:

Oklahoma Sooners

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National Rank: 17th FPI Rank: 2nd

Baylor Bears

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

National Rank: 15th FPI Rank: 47th

Kansas State Wildcats

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

National Rank: 12th FPI Rank: 44th

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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National Rank: 11th FPI Rank: 21st

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

National Rank: 10th FPI Rank: 9th

West Virginia Mountaineers

Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

National Rank: 8th FPI Rank: 24th

Iowa State Cyclones

Dec 19, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) throws a Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

National Rank: 6th FPI Rank: 4th

Texas Christian Horned Frogs

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National Rank: 5th FPI Rank: 19th

Texas Longhorns

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

National Rank: 4th FPI Rank: 12th

Kansas Jayhawks

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National Rank: 3rd FPI Rank: 109th Contact/Follow us @SoonersWire on Twitter, and like our page on Facebook to follow ongoing coverage of Oklahoma news, notes and opinions.

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