Big 12 football still lags behind in opponents

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 30, 2009 at 8:38 am •  Published: April 30, 2009

/> Big 12 teams will play nine games against lower-classification schools, who hand out fewer scholarships (63, typically) than the 85-limit for major-college football.

The ACC is playing 14 games against I-AA foes, the SEC 11.

The Pac-10, as with all scheduling, fares best, with just four lower-division opponents out of 30 games.

To its credit, the Big 12’s games against the major conferences are mostly big games. OSU hosts Georgia. OU goes to Miami. Nebraska goes to Virginia Tech. Texas A&M plays Arkansas in Arlington. Missouri plays Illinois in St. Louis. Kansas State goes to UCLA.

But the majority of September is slumber time for Big 12 football.

Nebraska plays three Sun Belt Conference teams. K-State plays UMass and Tennessee Tech. Iowa State plays North Dakota State, Kent State and Army. Texas’ toughest game is, I suppose, at Wyoming.

The Big 12 claims to be a great football league. Maybe some day, it will act like it.


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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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