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Ranking the Big 12 football games has some challenges

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 5, 2009 at 1:05 am •  Published: June 5, 2009

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.

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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