Berry Tramel ranks Big 12 football games from 1-96

Oklahoman Published: June 5, 2009
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→1. Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas, Oct. 17: As much anticipation and bad blood as any Trinity River shootout since 1976.

→2. Texas at OSU, Oct. 31: Cowboys have proven they can scare UT. But they need to beat the ’Horns.

→3. Georgia at OSU, Sept. 5: A glorious season opener; give us more, give us more.

→4. Oklahoma at Texas Tech, Nov. 21: Strange things happen to the Sooners in Lubbock.

→5. OSU at Oklahoma, Nov. 28: Bedlam in Norman has been one-sided since ’01, but you never know.

→6. Nebraska at Missouri, Oct. 8: Maybe the North championship game.

→7. Oklahoma at Miami, Oct. 3: Is this the year Miami becomes Miami again?

→8. Nebraska at Virginia Tech, Sept. 19: Husker victory would be huge for Big 12 prestige.

→9. Missouri vs. Kansas at Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 28: Sorry, Nebraska-Colorado. This has become North’s best rivalry game.

→10. Texas Tech at Texas, Sept. 19: Might be a blowout, but finally, a significant September conference game.

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→11. Missouri vs. Illinois at St. Louis, Sept. 5: This has turned into a solid tradition. Don’t let it die.

→12. Oklahoma at Nebraska, Nov. 7: One in a series of tough Sooner road games.

→13. Texas Tech at OSU, Nov. 14: Three of last four series games in Stillwater have been wild — OSU 49-45 and 51-49, Tech 49-30.

→14. Nebraska at Kansas, Nov. 14: Must-win for Jayhawks, who have killer South schedule.

→15. Connecticut at Baylor, Sept. 19: Strange to have a Baylor game this high, but Bears could make a statement.

→16. Nebraska at Colorado, Nov. 27: Huskers could be playing for the North crown.

→17. Texas at Missouri, Oct. 24: Mizzou is 1-14 vs. UT since 1916, but Columbia becoming tough place to play.

→18. Oklahoma at Kansas, Oct. 24: OU’s easiest road game, and it won’t be easy.

→19. Texas Tech at Nebraska, Oct. 17: South’s fourth-best team might beat North’s best.

→20 Missouri at OSU, Oct. 17: Goofy trend — Mizzou hasn’t lost in Stillwater since 1992.

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→21. BYU vs. Oklahoma at Arlington, Texas, Sept. 5: Brigham Young not great on neutral fields; 2-5 in last seven bowl games.

→22. Texas at Texas A&M, Nov. 26: Should be a rout, but you never know in this series.

→23. Colorado at West Virginia, Oct. 1: Seems a mismatch, but Buffs won last year in Boulder.

→24. Nebraska at Baylor, Oct. 31: Bears narrowing the gap; last two losses to Huskers 23-14 and 32-20.

→25. Texas Tech at Houston, Sept. 26: First team to 60 wins.

→26. Iowa at Iowa State, Sept. 12: Cyclones’ can make their season with a victory.

→27. Missouri at Colorado, Oct. 31: Don’t laugh, but CU could contend for the North. The three North favorites all come to Boulder.

→28. Kansas at Kansas State, Nov. 7: Bill Snyder returns to the Sunflower State Series.

→29. Missouri at Nevada, Sept. 25: Tigers rolled in Columbia last year, but Nevada pushed Tech in Reno.

→30. Kansas at Colorado, Oct. 17: Another must-win for Jayhawks, who might have to sweep the North to have a chance to win it.

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→31. OSU at Baylor, Oct. 24: Trap game for Cowboys; week before Texas.

→32. Kansas State at UCLA, Sept. 19: Snyder asks, who scheduled this game?

→33. Arkansas vs. Texas A&M at Arlington, Texas, Oct. 3: More interesting than important; old SWC matchup.

→34. Colorado at Kansas State, Oct. 24: Win this, and Snyder could go 3-1 in the conference.

→35. Texas Tech at Baylor, Nov. 28: Bears almost got Tech last November but haven’t won since this was an SWC series.

→36. Colorado State at Colorado, Sept. 6: Buffs’ 38-17 win last year an aberration; this almost always a classic.

→37. Baylor at Texas A&M, Nov. 21: Bears could send Aggies to the cellar.

→38. Kansas at Texas Tech, Oct. 31: KU 1-10 all-time vs. Red Raiders but won in Lubbock in 2001.

→39. Colorado at Toledo, Sept. 11: Rockets this decade have beaten Michigan, Penn State, Pitt, Kansas, Minnesota and Iowa State. Buffs could be next.

→40. Missouri at Kansas State, Nov. 14: May the best team win.

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→41. Texas A&M at Texas Tech, Oct.


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