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.
34. SMU at Baylor, Aug. 31: The Big 12’s newest stadium opens to great fanfare. Should be fun.
36. West Virginia at Iowa State, Nov. 29: It looks like the Big 12 is trying to make this rivalry a Thanksgiving weekend staple.
35. Minnesota at TCU, Sept. 13: Jim Wacker left TCU to coach Minnesota in 1992. Now, the Frogs have the better program.
38. TCU at West Virginia, Nov. 1: Road team has won each of the two meetings since these schools joined the conference.
37. Texas Tech at Iowa State, Nov. 22: Chances are not great that this game will mean a whole lot, other than the Red Raiders’ bowl assignment.
39. OU at West Virginia, Sept. 20: The Sooners’ last trip to Morgantown remains one of the most memorable games in OU history.
40. TCU at Kansas, Nov. 15: KU doesn’t have many chances at wins. This could be one.
41. Baylor at Iowa State, Sept. 27: Cyclones’ penchant for a big upset has waned the last couple of years. Could it return here?
42. OU at Iowa State, Nov. 1: Or here?
43. Kansas State at West Virginia, Nov. 20: Since coming into the Big 12, the Mountaineers have either beaten or played tough every league team at least once — except KSU. The Wildcats have won 55-14 and 35-12.
44. North Dakota State at Iowa State, Aug. 30: This is a high ranking for a game involving a I-AA team, but the Bison went 15-0 en route to the FCS national championship in 2014, including a victory at Kansas State.
45. West Virginia at Texas Tech, Oct. 11: The first time the Mountaineers went to Lubbock, they seemed unstoppable, Geno Smith seemed a shoe-in for the Heisman Trophy and Dana Holgorsen seemed to be the catch of the century.
46. Kansas State at Iowa State, Sept. 6: We need more September conference games. This game might be quite irrelevant if played in November. But not on the first Saturday of September.
47. Kansas at Duke, Sept. 13: The Jayhawks actually have a chance at gaining some respect in this one.
48. West Virginia at OSU, Oct. 25: If not for their late Bedlam loss, the Cowboys’ loss in Morgantown last September would be haunting.
49. OSU at Kansas, Oct. 11: KU has beaten OSU once since 1995. The Jayhawks have beaten both OU and Nebraska more often since ’95.
50. Texas Tech at Texas-El Paso, Sept. 6: Old Border Conference rivals, UTEP hasn’t beaten the Red Raiders in the five meetings since 1957.
51. Texas at Kansas, Sept. 27: KU hasn’t beaten the Longhorns since 1938.
52. Iowa State at OSU, Oct. 4: Cowboys have six home games; they should be favored in at least five.
53. Kansas at West Virginia, Oct. 4: This likely is one of only four games in which the Mountaineers will be favored.
54. West Virginia at Texas, Nov. 8: Mountaineers and ’Horns have split two classics since WVU joined the league.
55. Central Michigan at Kansas, Sept. 20: KU could do the Big 12’s prestige a solid by not losing to a Mid-American foe.
56. Iowa State at TCU, Dec. 6: What a dreadful December game. Play this one earlier in the season.
57. Kansas at Texas Tech, Oct. 18: Is this a matchup of the nation’s most-attractive and least-attractive head coaches?
58. Iowa State at Texas, Oct. 18: Cyclones’ stunning 2010 upset in Austin sounded the alarm that the Longhorn program had sprung a leak.
59. Kansas at Kansas State, Nov. 29: As good a pick as any as the nation’s worst major-conference, in-state football rivalry.
60. Baylor at Buffalo, Sept. 12: It could be worse. Baylor could be playing in Buffalo in November.
61. OU at Tulsa, Sept. 6: It’s OK with me if the Sooners and Cowboys both play TU every year.
62. North Texas at Texas, Aug. 30: Mean Green played UT tough in five meetings in the ’70s and ’80s, but the average score in four games since 1990? 45-6.
63. Texas-San Antonio at OSU, Sept. 13: UTSA coach Larry Coker returns to his old stomping grounds.
64. Toledo at Iowa State, Oct. 11: A few too many Big 12/Mid-American matchups, if you ask me.
65. Texas-El Paso at Kansas State, Sept. 27: A few too many Big 12/Texas-hyphen matchups, if you ask me.
66. Louisiana Tech at OU, Aug. 30: Just two years ago, La Tech beat Houston, Illinois and Virginia, and played Texas A&M within two points.
67. Kansas at Baylor, Nov. 1: Not so long ago, this was a matchup to determine the Big 12’s worst team. Not anymore.
68. Towson at West Virginia, Sept. 6: Towson made the I-AA championship game last season.
69. Kansas at OU, Nov. 22: The Jayhawks are not getting better. The Sooners are.
70. Samford at TCU, Aug. 30: Bobby Bowden’s old school was 8-5 last season in I-AA.
71. Central Arkansas at Texas Tech, Aug. 30: Scottie Pippen’s old school was 7-5 last season in I-AA.
72. Missouri State at OSU, Sept. 6: John Goodman’s old school was 5-7 last season in I-AA.
73. Stephen F. Austin at Kansas State, Aug. 30: K-State lost to a lower-division team last season, but don’t confuse Stephen F. with North Dakota State.
74. Northwestern (La.) State at Baylor, Sept. 6: This one has 73-7 written all over it.
75. Southeast Missouri State at Kansas, Sept. 6: The only drama in a matchup with a I-AA is the small chance of an upset, but Southeast Missouri State went 3-9 last season.