Ranking the best Big 12 football games of the 2009 season is easy. Not as easy as ranking the worst Big 12 games of the 2009, but easy. You take the games matching OU, Texas and OSU, the three teams picked among the top 12 or so nationally; add in the relatively few non-conference games worth beans; and then look for the marquee teams playing snakepit road games. The bad games are easy, too. Just list all the Division I-AA matchups (there are nine) and check the Sun Belt foes, and there you have it. It’s that middle that’s difficult, thanks to the North Division. Who’s going to be good in the North? I have no idea, and I don’t think anyone else does, either. Is Kansas-Missouri going to be a showdown? Or Nebraska-Colorado? We know the significance of OU-Texas or Bedlam. We don’t know whether Colorado-Kansas will determine a spot in Arlington, Texas, for the Big 12 title game or a berth in the Independence Bowl. Or both. So the middle is a crapshoot. Suffice to say, at least early in the conference season, any Big 12 North game not involving Iowa State is going to have some intrigue. Last year’s rankings weren’t too off target. I had OU-Texas No. 1, Texas-Texas Tech No. 5 and Tech-OU No. 9. Sooners-Longhorns 2008, they’re still talking about and will until kickoff on Oct. 17. I also had OU-Chattanooga No. 96, and with a halftime score of 50-0, that seems pretty solid. The rankings are based on three factors: likely importance, matchup attractiveness and likely competitiveness. For instance, an OU-Brigham Young game is strong in the first two categories but doesn’t figure to go to the wire. OSU-Georgia hits the mark in all three. Likewise, an Iowa State-Texas A&M game is higher ranked than Iowa State-Nebraska. At least ISU-A&M might be close past the first quarter. This exercise points out the ridiculous non-conference scheduling. Exactly half the football games this season involving Big 12 teams will be non-conference. But of my top 20 games, only five are non-conference. Of my top 30, only eight are non-conference. Of my bottom 20 games, 19 are non-conference games. I can’t wait for September. But when it arrives, I’ll be ready for October. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.