Sept. 3, vs. Oregon — Defeat top-five ranked opponent that has a high-powered offense and a Heisman Trophy candidate at running back. At a neutral site. In front of a national TV audience in prime time. Check

Sept. 10, vs. Northwestern State — Stay focused in home opener against an outmanned

in-state opponent. Play a lot of people. Stay healthy. Check

Sept. 15, at Mississippi State — Win SEC opener against top-25 ranked opponent that

features the SEC’s leading rusher. On the road on a Thursday night. In front of a national TV audience in prime time. With cowbells. Check

Sept. 24, at West Virginia — Defeat another ranked opponent featuring a high-

powered passing offense. In front of a national TV audience in prime time. On the road in a hostile stadium. Where they sell beer in the stadium. TBD