Berry Tramel: Ranking all 96 Big 12 football games

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 3, 2010 at 8:50 am •  Published: June 2, 2010

1. OU vs. Texas at Dallas, Oct. 2: Maybe some year, this won't be the league's most-anticipated game. But not this year.

2. Texas at Nebraska, Oct. 16: This might be No. 1, except it could be a matinee for a championship-game main event.

3. Nebraska at Texas A&M, Nov. 20: Two Big 12 under-achievers who might be returning to luster.

4. OU at Cincinnati, Sept. 25: Sooners are 20-17 in their last 37 games away from Norman, and Cincy is 16-2 at home the last three years.

5. Texas at Texas Tech, Sept. 18: Tommy Tuberville gets his Big 12 baptism.

6. OU at Texas A&M, Nov. 6: Sooners' 66-28 rout two years ago an aberration from College Station wringers.

7. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas at Arlington, Texas, Oct. 9: Quarterback showdown. Jerrod Johnson vs. Ryan Mallett.

8. Florida State at OU, Sept. 11: Jimbo Fisher era begins; opener vs. Samford doesn't count.

9. Texas Tech at Texas A&M, Oct. 30: Even without Mike Leach, it's possible that no two schools in the league dislike each other as much as the Red Raiders and Aggies.

10. Nebraska at Washington, Sept. 18: Two regal names in the sport are back on the upswing.

11. Texas A&M at Texas, Nov. 25: 'Horns have won 15 straight home games. Could this end the streak?

12. OU at OSU, Nov. 27: Fewer games in America are more fun than Bedlam in Stillwater.

13. Georgia Tech at Kansas, Sept. 11: Kudos to KU for getting back in the big-game business. Only other meeting came in 1948 Orange Bowl.

14. Nebraska at OSU, Oct. 23: Hard to believe but Huskers haven't won in Stillwater since 1995.

15. UCLA at Kansas State, Sept. 4: What's this? Bill Snyder playing a decent foe, and in the opener?

16. Texas A&M at OSU, Sept. 30: Could be a season-maker for the Cowboys.

17. OU at Missouri, Oct. 23: Most believe Mizzou will be North's second-best squad.

18. Kansas at Nebraska, Nov. 13: Will Turner Gill become KU's Darrell Royal, inflicting repeated heartache on his own alma mater?

19. Missouri vs. Illinois at St. Louis, Sept. 4: Great series that might need Mizzou's jump to the Big Ten to continue.

20. Georgia at Colorado, Oct. 2: Bulldogs came to Stillwater last year, now Boulder.

21. Missouri vs. Kansas at Kansas City, Nov. 27: Has become one of the league's best games. Last three years, scores of 36-28 (Mizzou), 40-37 (KU), 41-39 (Mizzou).

22. Houston at Texas Tech, Nov. 27: Offenses of Dana Holgorsen and Mike Leach staged a wild 29-28 game last year in Houston, but neither is back this season.

23. Texas at Kansas State, Nov. 6: KSU has a losing record against every Big 12 school except Baylor (6-1) and Texas (5-5).

24. Missouri at Texas A&M, Oct. 16: If the Aggies prove to be mediocre, this list is bogus.

25. UCLA at Texas, Sept. 25: Last time Bruins came to Austin, Longhorns lost 66-3, effectively ending the Mackovic Era.

26. SMU at Texas Tech, Sept. 5: What seemed a laugher when scheduled could be thrilling. June Jones has rejuvenated the Mustangs.

27. Missouri at Nebraska, Oct. 30: After losing 24 straight in the series, Mizzou has won four of seven from NU.

28. Utah at Iowa State, Oct. 9: Cyclones could pull an upset against a respectable foe.

29. Nebraska at Kansas State, Oct. 7: Sobering fact for KSU; even Bill Snyder is just 5-13 against Huskers.

30. Texas A&M at Kansas, Oct. 23: Aggies have just four road games, including this one and Baylor.

31. Missouri at Texas Tech, Nov. 6: Tech has been the league's most consistent winner this side of OU and UT, but is 1-5 vs. Mizzou in the Big 12 era.

32. Colorado vs. Colorado State at Denver, Sept. 4: Dan Hawkins' future could ride on this one; he's 2-2 vs. Rams.

33. Kansas at Southern Miss, Sept. 17: KU won 35-28 shootout last year.

34. Colorado at California, Sept. 11: Man, Buffs have a tough schedule; 3-9 is a possibility.

35. Baylor vs. Texas Tech at Dallas, Oct. 9: Bears played Tech tough two years ago in Lubbock and last year in Arlington.

36. Hawaii at Colorado, Sept. 18: Rainbows' only other trips to a Big 12 school were to Lincoln, in 1955 and 1978.

37. Kansas State at Kansas, Oct. 14: KU offensive coordinator Chuck Long goes against Snyder, his old offensive coach at Iowa.

38. Texas Tech at Colorado, Oct. 23: In the Big 12 era, Tech is 4-9 against OU and 2-4 vs. Colorado.

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...
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