Berry Tramel ranks Big 12 football games from 1-96

Oklahoman Published: June 5, 2009
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: No two schools hate each other more than these.

→42. Kansas at Texas, Nov. 21: KU beats UT anytime there’s a Roosevelt in D.C.; 1901 (vice-president Teddy) and 1938 (president FDR).

→43. Iowa State at Texas A&M, Oct. 31: Always mildly interesting when a league’s worst two teams collide.

→44. Southern Miss at Kansas, Sept. 26: Larry Fedora takes a swing at Jayhawks.

→45. Baylor at Iowa State, Oct. 17: Bears have two Big 12 road wins ever. Here’s the chance at three.

→46. Kansas at Texas-El Paso, Sept. 12: Jayhawks have lost three straight non-conference road games, to South Florida, Toledo and Northwestern.

→47. New Mexico at Texas A&M, Sept. 5: Lobos gave away A&M game last year in Albuquerque.

→48. Texas at Baylor, Nov. 14: It’s been 10 years since Bears came within 20 points of UT.

→49. Kansas State at Iowa State, Oct. 3: Cyclones could have a chance to go 2-1 in the league.

→50. OSU at Iowa State, Nov. 7: Only Cowboy game not in-state or in the Brazos Valley.

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→51. Baylor at Wake Forest, Sept. 5: Seems like an interesting game, until you remember Wake won 41-13 in Waco last year.

→52. Colorado at Iowa State, Nov. 14: CU coach Dan Hawkins is 13-24 in three years.

→53. Houston at OSU, Sept. 12: Cowboys should roll, but Cougars led at halftime last year in Stillwater.

→54. Duke at Kansas, Sept. 19: David Cutcliffe has at least made Duke competitive.

→55. OSU at Texas A&M, Oct. 10: Cowboys have a history of squandering sure victories in College Station.

→56. Rice at Texas Tech, Sept. 12: Put this game in Houston and ... Tech would have two games in Houston this year.

→57. Texas at Wyoming, Sept. 12: Is this trip repayment for hiring away Fred Akers 33 years ago?

→58. Texas A&M at Kansas State, Oct. 17: 1998 Big 12 title game participants have fallen far.

→59. New Mexico at Texas Tech, Oct. 3: Old Border Conference foes.

→60. Texas A&M at Colorado, Nov. 7: Buffs’ record 55-58 this decade.

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→61. Kansas State at Texas Tech, Oct. 10: ’Cats’ last trip to Lubbock, 59-20 loss in 2005, started five-game losing streak that led Snyder to retire.

→62. Rice at OSU, Sept. 19: Owls went 10-3 in 2008 and have a seven-game win streak.

→63. Kansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette, Sept. 12: Don’t bet on Snyder making return trip to Lafayette.

→64. Colorado at OSU, Nov. 19: Buffs have lost just once in Stillwater since 1987, but this should be a rout.

→65. Alabama-Birmingham at Texas A&M, Sept. 26: Two bad teams equal one bad game.

→66. Kansas State at Oklahoma, Oct. 31: Only intrigue is the Snyder-Stoops reunion.

→67. Colorado at Texas, Oct. 10: Last time these foes met south of the Red River, UT won 70-3.

→68. Iowa State at Kent State, Sept. 19: Series 1-1 last two years, with games in Ames.

→69. Baylor at Missouri, Nov. 7: Mizzou has a batch of tossup games; this isn’t one of them.

→70. Wyoming at Colorado, Sept. 19: Seemingly natural rivals have played only twice since Wyoming’s 24-10 victory in 1982.

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→71. Kansas State at Nebraska, Nov. 21: Will it ever be a big deal again for K-State to invade Lincoln?

→72. Iowa State at Missouri, Nov. 21: Remember not so long ago, when Cyclones were the team playing for something in this series?

→73. Florida Atlantic at Nebraska, Sept. 5: Howard Schnellenberger returns to Lincoln, where he lost 37-0 as a Sooner in 1995.

→74. Iowa State at Kansas, Oct. 10: Cyclones actually 5-6 in last 11 games vs. KU, but all five wins came from the deposed Dan McCarney.

→75. Bowling Green at Missouri, Sept. 12: Absolutely stunning stat — Mizzou is 1-3 all-time vs. Bowling Green, and all four games have been played since 1994.

→76. Iowa State at Nebraska, Oct. 24: Not to beat a dead horse, but Cyclones fired a guy who twice beat Nebraska this decade.

→77. Baylor at Oklahoma, Oct. 10: The Bears never have beaten the Sooners. Ever.

→78. Louisiana-Lafayette at Nebraska, Sept. 26: Cajuns played tough at Illinois and Kansas State last season.

→79. Army at Iowa State, Sept. 26: Games against Army in West Point are classic, because of tradition and scenery and spectacle. Games against Army away from West Point are not.

→80. Tulsa at Oklahoma, Sept. 19: Since TU’s upset in 1996, OU is 4-0 vs. Tulsa, by an average score of 47-9.

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→81. Central Florida at Texas, Nov. 7: Played Texas tough two years ago in Orlando.

→82. Utah State at Texas A&M, Sept. 19: Ex-OSU Cowboy Brent Guy no longer coaching Utah State after nine wins in four years.

→83. Arkansas State at Nebraska, Sept. 12: Shame, shame. Huskers play three Sun Belt Conference teams.

→84. Texas A&M at Oklahoma, Nov. 14: Shades of 77-0; worst conference game of the year.

→85. Texas-El Paso at Texas, Sept. 26: Longhorns won 42-13 in El Paso last season.

→86. Kent State at Baylor, Oct. 3: Golden Flashes won at Iowa State in ’07.

→87. North Dakota State at Iowa State, Sept. 3: I-AA Bison beat Minnesota 27-21 in ’07.

→88. Louisiana-Monroe at Texas, Sept. 5: Ex-OSU quarterback Charlie Weatherbie coaches the Warhawks.

→89. UMass at Kansas State, Sept. 5: I-AA Minutemen not the worst game on KSU’s schedule.

→90. Furman at Missouri, Sept. 19: I-AA Paladins played Virginia Tech tough (24-7) last season.

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→91. Northwestern St. (La.) at Baylor, Sept. 26: I-AA Demons lost 51-10 last year in Waco.

→92. Grambling at OSU, Sept. 26: Band will come, but not Doug Williams; he hasn’t coached I-AA Grambling since 2003.

→93. Tennessee Tech at Kansas State, Sept. 26: I-AA Golden Eagles coached by Watson Brown.

→94. North Dakota at Texas Tech, Sept. 5: Fighting Sioux making transition to I-AA, from NCAA Division II.

→95. Northern Colorado at Kansas, Sept. 5: I-AA Bears 1-10, 1-11, 1-10 last three years.

→96. Idaho State at Oklahoma, Sept. 12: I-AA Bengals lost to Northern Colorado in ’08.



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