1. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, Dec. 3: Surest thing in college football — Bedlam in Stillwater lives up to its name.
2. Oklahoma at Florida State, Sept. 17: A celebration of powers that haven't shirked their responsibility; both still are glad to play a nonconference showdown.
3. Oklahoma State at Texas A&M, Sept. 24: We wanted better games in September? Here we go. A huge game that will determine OU's chief rival for the 2011 championship.
4. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas at Arlington, Oct. 1: The Big 12's only regular-season crack at the SEC.
5. Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas, Oct. 8: An automatic No. 1 in most years of the 2000s, the Trinity River classic still promises all kinds of drama.
6. Texas at Texas A&M, Nov. 24: Almost quietly, Aggies have won three of the last five in the series.
7. Oklahoma State at Missouri, Oct. 22: Cowboys have won two straight in Columbia; 28-23 win in 2008 ranks No. 1 in the Mike Gundy era.
8. Missouri at Texas A&M, Oct. 29: Mizzou's 30-9 rout in College Station last October ended the Jerrod Johnson era.
9. Texas A&M at Oklahoma, Nov. 5: Last time in Norman, Aggies lost 65-10. Expect a better game this time.
10. Missouri at Arizona State, Sept. 9: After the 1957 season, Mizzou hired away Dan Devine from Arizona State. Sun Devils exacted revenge in the second Fiesta Bowl, 49-35 in 1972.
11. BYU at Texas, Sept. 10: What we dreamers wish was a preview of Brigham Young in the Big 12 instead will be a referendum on Mack Brown's rebuilding job.
12. Missouri at Oklahoma, Sept. 24: Say, another competitive Sooner home game. Any chance 2011 ends the Owen Field winning streak?
13. Texas A&M at Texas Tech, Oct. 8: The Big 12 misses Mike Leach most in this rivalry
14. Oklahoma State at Texas, Oct. 15: Strange happenings when this is merely OSU's third-toughest conference road game.
15. Kansas State at Miami, Sept. 24: Bill Snyder canceled series with Oregon, but this one survived, with a return game in Manhattan in 2012.
16. Texas at Missouri, Nov. 12: Mizzou has beaten UT eight times in history. Only once since 1916 and only thrice since 1897. Hey, Tigers. Now's your chance.
17. TCU at Baylor, Sept. 2: Friday night, national TV, Robert Griffin back in green and Andy Dalton no longer wearing purple. What a chance for Baylor.
18. Missouri at Kansas State, Oct. 8: KSU beat Mizzou 13 straight times until 2006; now the Tigers have won five straight. This is Snyder's chance to stay closer to Missouri than to KU and Iowa State as the old North schools try to survive against the South rattlesnakes.
19. Texas Tech at Texas, Nov. 5: Hard to believe the Longhorns actually won in Lubbock last year.
20. Arizona at Oklahoma State, Sept. 8: Part II of a three-game series that kicked off in the Alamo Bowl with a Cowboy domination.
21. Texas at Baylor, Dec. 3: Wonder if Baylor's ever had this kind of quarterback edge over UT? Griffin vs. Garrett Gilbert or whoever. Probably so. Baylor's had some decent QBs. Cotton Davidson, Cody Carlson, Tom Muecke, when the 'Horns were wandering in the wilderness. Plus Don Trull.
22. Texas A&M at Kansas State, Nov. 12: Big 12's darkest day was the Aggies' upset of KSU in 1998 title game. Wildcats might have won the national title.
23. Texas at UCLA, Sept. 17: Longhorns have a losing record (2-3) against the Bruins. UT's only two wins came in a 350-day span (October 1970-September 1971) at the height of Darrell Royal's wishbone.
24. Baylor at Kansas State, Oct. 1: This is the kind of game that could determine bowl bids. Nine conference games, plus one tough nonconference game, the loser here might have to go 4-4 against the rest of the Big 12 just to qualify for the postseason.
25. Iowa at Iowa State, Sept. 10: Cyclones have gone 7-6 in this series since 1997. An ISU win here would confirm the suspicion that Paul Rhoads is a heck of a coach.
26. Oklahoma at Kansas State, Oct. 29: Just wondering, but you suppose K-State is warming to the idea of Brent Venables as Snyder's second successor?
27. Missouri at Baylor, Nov. 5: Welcome to the South Division, Mizzou. This is going to be your easiest road trip biennially, and it will be a dogfight.
28. Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, Nov. 12: Strange happenings when this is OSU's easiest conference road game.
29. Iowa State at Connecticut, Sept. 16: UConn's first significant victory in Division I-A came in November 2002, with a 37-20 victory at Ames over a team that once was ranked No. 9 in the AP poll. Now Connecticut is the defending Big East champ, and Iowa State could use a signature win.
30. Oklahoma at Baylor, Nov. 19: Sooners are 20-0 all-time against the Baptists. Twenty-and-zero. A win here would be Miracle on the Brazos II.
31. Kansas State at Texas Tech, Oct. 15: Tech won't play many games this season with a quarterback edge, since Seth Dodge was a third-teamer last year behind two guys who were the worst QBs since the turn of the century. But the Red Raiders will have a QB edge here.
32. Oklahoma State at Tulsa, Sept. 17: OSU hasn't played at TU since 2000. Can you believe that? Those comments by then-Tulsa coach Keith Burns came at a high price.
33. Baylor at Texas A&M, Oct. 15: The Bears aren't 0-20 at Kyle Field, but they haven't won there since 1984.
34. Kansas State at Oklahoma State, Nov. 5: Maybe OSU's most impressive victory in 2010 was in Manhattan; 24-14 without Justin Blackmon.
35. Nevada at Texas Tech, Sept. 24: Nevada beat Cal and Boise State last season in a couple of fascinating Friday games in Reno. Alas, this game is neither on a Friday nor in Reno.
36. Baylor at Oklahoma State, Oct. 29: Do you realize OSU's schedule is front-loaded? The Cowboys' four games just before Bedlam are Baylor and K-State in Stillwater, then at Tech and Iowa State.
37. Kansas State at Kansas, Oct. 22: Six Big 12 South games, plus a road trip to Georgia Tech? This game is the Jayhawks' only chance to salvage the season.
38. Texas Tech vs. Baylor at Arlington, Texas, Nov. 26: The middle game on this list. Thirty-seven better, thirty-seven worse. I think that's pretty accurate, don't you?
39. Kansas at Georgia Tech, Sept. 17: How the Jayhawks beat the Yellowjackets last season, we'll never know.
40. Texas at Iowa State, Oct. 1: Yes, the Longhorns really did lose five home games last season, and 28-21 to the Cyclones was the most stunning.
41. Texas A&M at Iowa State, Oct. 22: Cyclones have only three Big 12 home games; two of them are against A&M and OSU. Uh-oh.
42. SMU at Texas A&M, Sept. 4: June Jones is a heck of a coach. Not that it will make any difference in this Sunday special.
43. Texas Tech at Kansas, Oct. 1: The Red Raiders' schedule is backloaded. It's conceivable Tech could be unbeaten when it goes to Norman on Oct. 22.
44. Kansas State at Texas, Nov. 19: Mack Brown is 2-5 vs. K-State. He's 6-7 vs. OU. You figure it out.
45. Northern Illinois at Kansas, Sept. 10: There is absolutely no doubt that in 2010, Northern Illinois had a better football team than did KU.
46. Texas Tech at Missouri, Nov. 19: Tech beat Blaine Gabbert last year, 30-9 in Lubbock, one of the more puzzling results of the season.
47. Baylor at Kansas, Nov. 12: One downside for all these South schools getting to feast on Northern lightweights? A lot more cold-weather games. Like ...
48. Oklahoma State at Iowa State, Nov. 12: Friday night game. Average low temperature for mid-November in Ames — 28 degrees. Ode to joy.
49. Kansas at Iowa State, Nov. 5: Turner Gill's honeymoon already is over. The marriage could be in danger by this game.
50. Rice at Baylor, Sept. 24: Rice has played its old Southwest Conference friends much more than has TCU, SMU and Houston. Since the breakup of the SWC, Rice is 0-10 vs. Texas, 0-2 vs. Tech and 0-2 vs. Baylor. SMU is 0-10 against the Big 12's four Texas schools. Houston is 1-4 (beat Tech in 2009). TCU is 4-3 (three wins over Baylor, one over Tech).
51. Missouri vs. Kansas at Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 26: Just four years ago, this was a huge national game. Now, it might not even get Kansas City excited.
52. Oklahoma at Kansas, Oct. 15: The Bob Stoops Offensive Coordinator Bowl. Kansas features Gill, whom some say Stoops tried to hire for his first OU staff, and Chuck Long, OU's offensive coordinator 2002-05. Plus the Sooners' own new offensive coordinator, Josh Heupel, who most certainly never would have been in Norman if Stoops had hired Gill.
53. Texas Tech at Oklahoma, Oct. 22: Home-field dominance is never more apparent than in this series. Tech's only win ever in Norman came against John Blake. Meanwhile, Stoops has lost three straight in Lubbock. And the games rarely are close either place.
54. Iowa State at Baylor, Oct. 8: I know everyone's excited about the new round-robin schedule. But here's the downside. More Iowa State-at-Baylor games.
55. Texas Tech at New Mexico, Sept. 17: Any list of the nation's worst coaches has to start with Mike Locksley, who is 2-22 in two seasons, along with a sexual-harassment accusation, an age-discrimination lawsuit and a fight with an assistant coach.
56. Iowa State at Texas Tech, Oct. 29: Enjoy this one, Raiders. You finish at Texas, home against OSU, at Missouri and Baylor in Arlington.
57. Rice at Texas, Sept. 3: Since 1965, the Longhorns are 39-1 against the Owls. Rice's only victory came in 1994, the week after Texas beat OU 17-10 on Stoney Clark's tackle of James Allen.
58. Iowa State at Kansas State, Dec. 3: This series has left Arrowhead Stadium. Good thing. Hard to get excited off-campus for this kind of matchup.
59. Miami-Ohio at Missouri, Sept. 3: Cradle of coaches, they call Miami; it will be coffin of coaches if they don't stop playing games like this. Mizzou won 51-13 last year.
60. Kansas at Texas, Oct. 29: Time was, this game had BCS ramifications. That's right. BCS.
61. Tulsa at Oklahoma, Sept. 3: Bill Blankenship makes his collegiate head-coaching debut on Owen Field.
62. Idaho at Texas A&M, Sept. 17: The Aggies once hired a basketball coach, Kermit Davis, away from Idaho. If you want something more interesting than that, I can't help you.
63. Iowa State at Missouri, Oct. 15: Remember when Mizzou was the spoiler in this series? Hire a good coach, like MU did with Gary Pinkel, and fire a good coach, like ISU did with Dan McCarney, and worms turn.
64. Kent State at Kansas State, Sept. 17: Since KU hired away Glen Mason from Kent State after the 1987 season, Kent State has had one winning season, 6-5 in 2001. Average wins per season since: 2.7. Moral of the story — Kent State is the Kansas State of the Mid-American Conference.
65. Kansas at Texas A&M, Nov. 19: I'm serious. I don't know if KU can recover. I don't know if KU will ever make a bowl game under the current Big 12 landscape.
66. Iowa State at Oklahoma, Nov. 26: Nothing says Thanksgiving tradition like Sooners-Cyclones. These schools have played 75 times, but this is just the second November game since 1974.
67. Kansas at Oklahoma State, Oct. 8: This game might be ranked too high. The Cowboys won 48-14 last year in Lawrence.
68. Northern Iowa at Iowa State, Sept. 3: I-AA UNI beat Iowa State in 2007 and should have beaten Iowa in 2009.
69. McNeese State at Kansas, Sept. 3: I assume the I-AA Cowboys will have KU's attention, in the wake of the Jayhawks' 6-3 loss to North Dakota State last season.
70. Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State, Sept. 3: Believe it or not, before losing 54-28, the Cajuns led 21-17 at halftime last season. I choose not to believe it. And I was there.
71. Stephen F. Austin at Baylor, Sept. 17: In the old days, this would have been a ballgame. But now, the I-AA Lumberjacks are outmanned.
72. Ball State at Oklahoma, Oct. 1: Ball State has some interesting aspects. David Letterman went there. Jason Whitlock played football there. New Michigan coach Brady Hoke went there, played there and coached there. Unfortunately, none of that will keep this game from being a rout.
73. Eastern Kentucky at Kansas State, Sept. 3: What a terrible game. Just terrible. Congress is talking antitrust on the BCS? What about this abomination?
74. Western Illinois at Missouri, Sept. 17: At least the bus ride back to Macomb is only 186 miles for the I-AA Fighting Leathernecks.
75. Texas State at Texas Tech, Sept. 3: Six Big 12 teams are playing I-AA opponents. Texas State is the only one of the six that had a losing record in 2010. But take heart; last summer, I ranked North Dakota State-Kansas as the worst game in the conference.