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Big 12 football: Ranking the opening week games

Berry Tramel ranks the Big 12 openers. OSU faces an SEC team at a neutral site, but it's hard to beat TCU and LSU's showdown in Arlington, Texas.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 30, 2013

1. TCU vs. LSU in Arlington, Texas: LSU has lost two straight dome games, but before that, the Tigers had won nine straight indoors.

2. OSU vs. Mississippi State in Houston: Only other time OSU played in Reliant Stadium, it was against a Mississippi school, Southern Miss in the 2002 Houston Bowl.

3. Texas Tech at SMU: Mustangs haven't beaten Tech since pre-death penalty days.

4. Louisiana-Monroe at OU: Warhawks making Monroe known for something more than Duck Dynasty.

5. North Dakota State at Kansas State: Two-time defending I-AA champ Bison won at Colorado State in 2012 and at Minnesota in 2011.

6. Northern Iowa at Iowa State: ISU is 3-1 in the last four games of this series, and two of the wins were by one point.

7. New Mexico State at Texas: The Aggies fired Tony Samuel after the 2004 season; he had won 29 games the previous six years. Since then, New Mexico State has 21 wins in eight years.

8. Wofford at Baylor: Sounds worse than maybe it is. Wofford lost 24-7 at South Carolina last Nov. 17.

9. William & Mary at West Virginia: Sounds as bad as it is. William & Mary lost just 7-6 at Maryland to open the 2012 season, but the Tribe finished 2-9.

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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