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Big 12 football: Ranking the Big 12's 75 games

Among the conference’s top games this season are the Sooners’ showdowns with Texas and Baylor, Kansas State’s nonconference home game with Auburn, and Baylor’s visit to Texas.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 21, 2014

1 Baylor at OU, Nov. 8: Bears never have won in Norman. But until 2011, they’d never beaten the Sooners anywhere.

2 OU vs. Texas at Dallas, Oct. 11: Bob Stoops, Darrell Royal and Bud Wilkinson lost their first OU-Texas games as head coach. But Barry Switzer and Mack Brown won. How will Charlie Strong do?

3 Auburn at Kansas State, Sept. 18: A bragging-rights game. A KSU upset would do wonders for Big 12 prestige.

4 Baylor at Texas, Oct. 4: Baylor has the better coach, a newer stadium and better ballplayers. The world has gone mad.

5 OSU at OU, Dec. 6: Doesn’t figure to be a conference title game, but the drama has been too good in recent years not to rank this high.

6 Texas at Kansas State, Oct. 25: Quite an October for the Longhorns — hosting Baylor, OU in Dallas and dueling Bill Snyder in a stadium named after him.

7 OU at Texas Tech, Nov. 15: Doesn’t seem like a big game, but look at it this way. Lubbock is the Sooners’ toughest road test of the season.

8 Texas vs. UCLA at Arlington, Sept. 13: Another big game for Big 12 status. The Bruins are reinvigorated.

9 Texas at OSU, Nov. 15: Remember when the Cowboys couldn’t solve the ’Horns? Those days are gone.

10 OU at TCU, Oct. 4: The Frogs always play the Sooners tough, and this is OU’s second-toughest road game.

11 Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Arlington, Nov. 29: No matter the records, this will be entertaining. The last four years: 63-34, 52-45, 66-42, 45-38.

12 OSU vs. Florida State at Arlington, Aug. 30: Virtually a can’t-lose situation for the Cowboys against the defending national champ.

13 Texas at Texas Tech, Nov. 1: Lubbock, Stillwater, Manhattan, the Metroplex for games against OU and UCLA. You’re not in Louisville, anymore, Charlie.

14 Kansas State at Baylor, Dec. 6: The last time KSU went to Waco, its national title hopes were ruined. Could the ’Cats return the favor?

15 West Virginia vs. Alabama at Atlanta, Aug. 30: Oh, if only the Mountaineers had their team of a few years ago. But still, playing Bama in the Georgia Dome is a marquee stage.

16 OSU at Kansas State, Nov. 1: The loser of this game will be hard-pressed to have the kind of season to which it’s accustomed.

17 Iowa State at Iowa, Sept. 13: More of a conference-pride game than anything. When the lowly Cyclones win, which they have more than half the time since 1996, it’s a blow to the Big Ten’s self-image.

18 OSU at Baylor, Nov. 22: The Cowboys aren’t road weaklings anymore, but this will be a tough assignment.

19 Brigham Young at Texas, Sept. 6: Did BYU’s 40-21 rout last September seal Mack Brown’s fate?

20 Kansas State at OU, Oct. 18: Remember what happened the last time the Wildcats came to Norman.

21 OSU at TCU, Oct. 18: Finally, the Cowboys get to Fort Worth. First time since 1992.

22 Arkansas at Texas Tech, Sept. 13: Strike up the band for a Southwest Conference reunion.

23 Kansas State at TCU, Nov. 8: The Gary Patterson Bowl. K-State is his alma mater.

24 Tennessee at OU, Sept. 13: If the Volunteers didn’t stink, this would rank much higher.

25 Texas Tech at OSU, Sept. 25: The loser likely goes into October with more questions than it wanted.

26 TCU at Texas, Nov. 27: Horned Frogs won in 2012, their Thanksgiving game in Austin.

27 Texas Tech at Kansas State, Oct. 4: Tough conference opening for Red Raiders — at Stillwater, at Manhattan.

28. TCU at Baylor, Oct. 11: Bears’ 41-38 win in Fort Worth last season was one of the league’s best games.

29. West Virginia at Maryland, Sept. 13: Worst Big 12 showing in 2013 was the Mountaineers’ 37-0 loss to Maryland in Baltimore.

30. Iowa State at Kansas, Nov. 8: Why does this rank so high? It might decide who goes winless in the conference.

31. Baylor at West Virginia, Oct. 18: In the Bears’ first trip to Morgantown, they scored 63 points. And lost.

32. TCU at SMU, Sept. 27: Quite a rivalry in the ’30s. And with the status of both programs on the upswing, it’s at least getting better.

33. Texas Tech at TCU, Oct. 25: The league’s two best programs that have NOT won the Big 12 in the last five years.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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