Any week with college football is better than a week without it. Still, some weeks are definitely better than others. Here's a look at the weeks of the Big 12 schedule, ranked best to worst:
1. Week 8 (Nov. 1-3)
OSU at Kansas State, OU at Iowa State, TCU at West Virginia, Texas at Texas Tech, Kansas at Baylor
OSU heads to Manhattan where KSU will try to avenge a loss in one of last season's best games, and the Big 12 newbies square off in Morgantown. Things often get interesting for Texas when it goes to Texas Tech, too. While this isn't a week with a bunch of traditional rivalries, it's got several juicy games.
2. Week 11 (Nov. 22-24)
OSU at OU, TCU at Texas, Baylor vs. Texas Tech (Arlington, Texas), West Virginia at Iowa State
TCU at Texas would be the marquee game most any week, but even if it moves to Thanksgiving Day, it will take a backseat to Bedlam. Think that matchup will be fun after what happened a year ago? The buildup alone could be unlike any other game on the Big 12 docket.
3. Week 12 (Dec. 1)
OU at TCU, OSU at Baylor, Texas at Kansas State, Kansas at West Virginia
The Big 12 pegged a great game for the final week of the regular season this past fall — Bedlam — and it more than filled the void left by no conference title game. It looks like the Big 12 tried to do the same again with OU at TCU and Texas at Kansas State. Who knows if either game will have national-title implications, but there's likely to be a BCS bowl berth on the line.
4. Week 9 (Nov 10)
West Virginia at OSU, Baylor at OU, Kansas State at TCU, Iowa State at Texas, Kansas at Texas Tech
The storylines will be plentiful when Dana Holgorsen, Joe DeForest and Co. return to Stillwater — and there could be a shoot-out to boot. Add in a grudge match in Norman and a purple-tinted showdown in Fort Worth, and you've got yourself a heck of a week of football.
5. Week 5 (Oct 13)
OU vs. Texas (Dallas), OSU at Kansas, West Virginia at Texas Tech, TCU at Baylor, Kansas State at Iowa State
Yes, it's OU-Texas week, but the remainder of the slate is light on great games. West Virginia at Texas Tech could be fun — a Mike Leach protégé returns to Lubbock — but a close game seems unlikely. TCU at Baylor might have some intrigue, too, — they had a heck of a game last season — but OU-Texas will have to carry some serious freight. And it usually does.
6. Week 10 (Nov 17)
OU at West Virginia, Texas Tech at OSU, Kansas State at Baylor, Iowa State at Kansas
Depending on how well both teams have played the first couple months of the season, OU at West Virginia could be among the best games in the country. They have history, but being league foes will surely add to it. Texas Tech at OSU could provide some good drama, too.
7. Week 6 (Oct 20)
Kansas at OU, Iowa State at OSU, Kansas State at West Virginia, Baylor at Texas, Texas Tech at TCU
Kansas State at West Virginia is interesting, but none of the rest jumps off the page. Baylor has had Texas's number but could be 0-2 in league play heading into that game. Texas Tech at TCU has potential, but like the Bears, the Red Raiders could be reeling a bit.
8. Week 4 (Oct 6)
OU at Texas Tech, West Virginia at Texas, Iowa State at TCU, Kansas at Kansas State
West Virginia at Texas is the kind of matchup that would've had people clamoring in the past. It may lose some of its intrigue as they play more, but in the Mountaineers' first season in the Big 12, their game against the Longhorns will be fascinating. Remember, too, that OU always seems to have interesting games at Texas Tech.
9. Week 3 (Sept 29)
Texas at OSU, Baylor at West Virginia, Texas Tech at Iowa State
Can OSU beat Texas again? The Cowboys have done it in back-to-back seasons in Austin. Now, they'll get a crack at the Horns in Stillwater. This is also the week that West Virginia plays its Big 12 opener. Baylor gets the honor of being the first to head to Morgantown.
10. Week 7 (Oct 27)
TCU at OSU, Baylor at Iowa State, Texas Tech at Kansas State, Texas at Kansas
TCU makes its first trip to the state of Oklahoma as a member of the Big 12. It's also the first time either of our state teams plays one of the conference newbies.
11. Week 2 (Sept 22)
Kansas State at OU
Big 12 play doesn't exactly get off to a rousing start with only one game played each of the first two weeks. This will be an early test for both teams as they have a chance to both have top-10 or 15 rankings.
12. Week 1 (Sept 15)
TCU at Kansas
League newcomer TCU gets the opening week of conference play all to itself. Oh, Charlie Weis and his Jayhawks will be there, too.