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A Sept. 3 Super Bowl

A Sept. 3 Super Bowl

So many expectations for Oklahoma this season.

A returning quarterback, two big-time running backs and coming off a season where the Sooners made the College Football Playoff.

That’s a lot for Oklahoma to handle going into its Sept. 3 opener against Houston. But it’s not more than Houston has to take in.

With all the pressure Oklahoma has, at least the Sooners aren’t playing their Super Bowl in September.

OU has name recognition, even some wiggle room, too, with its tough schedule this season, but Houston has one chance – and it comes at 11 in the morning during the first Saturday of the football season.

That’s a lot to worry about if you’re Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan or Ohio State, but if you’re Houston, it’s too much. The Cougars are not one of college football’s bluebloods. They have to have things work their way, need a few breaks and catch a bit of luck. Now, the schedule sets up for Houston, but it also comes with no ability for slippage. A win against the Sooners and the Cougars are in the conversation to make the College Football Playoff. They have a favorable schedule the rest of the way and will likely be unbeaten heading into the latter part of the season.

But a loss and Houston is irrelevant the rest of the year.

Houston has a big-name coach and a big-name quarterback. The Cougars also have a big-time opportunity not many mid-majors get – a shot at a top-ranked, power-conference team. Sure, the timing isn’t great for Houston, but when you’re not among the college football elite, you don’t get the set rules, the dates or the times.

Perhaps some day, if Houston gets into the Big 12 then it will get more of a say, but for now, Houston has to take what it gets and what it’s got is an amazing opportunity.

For success. Or to be irrelevant.

We’ll know on Sept. 3.

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