Big 12 conference preview: Can anyone finally catch up to Oklahoma?
Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) reacts during the first quarter against the Baylor Bears in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Since adopting its current lineup and round-robin format in 2012, only four Big 12 programs have gone into December with fewer than two conference losses: Oklahoma, Kansas State, TCU and Baylor.

The Wildcats and Sooners did it in 2012. TCU in 2014. Baylor in 2013 and 2014. Since the 2015 season, however, just two programs have pulled it off: Baylor last season and the Sooners in each of the past five seasons. (Not coincidentally, 2015 coincides with Lincoln Riley’s arrival in Norman as the offensive coordinator.)

This tells us two things. One, that Oklahoma dominates the Big 12 at a level beyond any other Power Five program does in its conference this side of Clemson — but we knew that already. And when it comes to an abbreviated and mixed-up 2020 season, schedules that feature just one non-conference game will yield a run of Big 12 teams looking up at the Sooners with anywhere from three to six losses.

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