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Big 12 football: Which game will be the best of 2013?

In a conference that has produced a different champion each of the last four year's, picking the top game of the season can be dicey.
by Berry Tramel Modified: June 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm •  Published: June 23, 2013

Meanwhile, the Cowboys have proven they're here to stay as a Big 12 force. In 2011, OSU went 12-1, won the Fiesta Bowl and finished third in the national polls. Last year, the Cowboys went 8-5 despite losing two games in which they were a fourth-down stop away from winning and despite injuries which forced OSU to go down to its third-team quarterback. That curse became a blessing, because now OSU is fortified knowing its offense works in just about any circumstance.

The Cowboys join the Sooners as the only Big 12 team with winning conference records each of the last five years. Over those five years, OU is 32-10 in league play. OSU is 30-12, Texas is 26-16, KSU 24-18, Tech 21-21 and Baylor 17-25. Before bolting to the SEC, Missouri was 20-13 and Texas A&M 15-18.

Going to Austin would once have been a daunting task for the Cowboys. But OSU has won 13 of its last 18 Big 12 road games, including two victories at Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Before Nov. 16, the Cowboys host TCU, while Texas plays OU in Dallas. After Nov. 16, OSU hosts OU, while the 'Horns go to TCU. So who knows what the league will look like the third Saturday in November.

But here in summer, trying to figure out a conference that once was easy to decipher but now is hard, we're left to conclude that the game most likely to decide the conference champion is OSU at Texas.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

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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