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.